The History Behind Buddy Holly Hall

LEPAA first revealed plans for a state-of-the-art venue in April 2013, based on the recommendations of a business plan led by LEPAA’s selected developer, Garfield Public/Private.  Shortly following, on July 5, 2013, the Lubbock City Council granted the land of the soon to be vacant Department of Public Safety Headquarters as the site to house the new center. After they begin their fundraising efforts, LEPAA received several grants from foundations and one significantly large donation which springboarded them into the campaign.

LEPAA chose world renowned Diamond Schmitt Architects as the design architect of record, rounding out the first-class design team with MWM Architects and Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. After much anticipation, in June 2014, LEPAA unveiled the name of the performing arts center: The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. Kicking off the first phase of the project, the demolition of the DPS site began on December 10, 2014.

On January 22, 2015, the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding to join in partnership with LEPAA and The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. This strong partnership will have great impact in the community by offering students the opportunity to perform in a world-class venue. Students will have the well-deserved chance in the spotlight whether it be competing in a UIL competition or participating in a One-Act Play.

On March 25, 2015, LEPAA unveiled the designs for The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. In addition to a 2,200 seat main theater, the venue includes a 425 seat studio theater, a 6,000 square foot multi-purpose room, a bistro café by MarketStreet, the new home to Ballet Lubbock, and outdoor performance areas. With a hybrid design and a wide spread array of amenities, the new center is unique to any venue of its kind in the country.

On Nov. 12, 2015, LEPAA and Ballet Lubbock announced a one-of-a-kind partnership in The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. Ballet Lubbock will be an anchor tenant, operating the 22,000 square-foot dance center located in the north east wing of the venue. The dance center will contain the entire operation of Ballet Lubbock, including six dance studios, parent and community space, production areas and administrative offices.

On April 20, 2017, LEPAA officially broke ground at The Buddy Holly Hall, with more than 500 community members in attendance. Construction by general contractor Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. began on April 24, 2017, and is expected to be complete early 2020.

View more renderings of Buddy Holly Hall and keep up with construction efforts in our photo gallery.

 

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The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Exterior

 

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The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Exterior

 

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The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Concert Hall

 

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The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Hall Banquet

 

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The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Lobby