Mondavi Center

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Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Mondavi Center
UC Davis Mondavi Center.jpg
LocationUnincorporated Yolo County adjacent to Davis, California
Coordinates38°32′04″N 121°44′56″W / 38.53443°N 121.74883°W / 38.53443; -121.74883Coordinates: 38°32′04″N 121°44′56″W / 38.53443°N 121.74883°W / 38.53443; -121.74883
OwnerUniversity of California, Davis
TypePerforming arts center
CapacityJackson Hall: 1,800
Vanderhoef Studio Theater: 250
OpenedOctober 3, 2002 (2002-10-03)
ArchitectBoora Architects
Mondavi Center, interior view

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue located on the UC Davis campus in unincorporated Yolo County, California. It is named for arts patron and vineyard operator Robert Mondavi, who donated US$10 million to help with the building costs, and who also helped finance The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science on the same campus. The current annual operating budget is approximately US$7.3 million, 58% of which comes from earned income.

Mondavi Center opened on October 3, 2002 for the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and today serves as a venue for musical concerts, theater, dance, lecturers and other entertainers.[1] The façade is a large glass-panelled lobby that is surrounded by sandstone that also lines the interior walls.

Performance and other facilities[edit]

The facilities include:

  • Jackson Hall, named after university professor William Jackson, whose wife Barbara Jackson donated $5 million to the project in memory of him. It seats 1,801.
  • Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, named after former university Chancellor Larry N. Vanderhoef. It seats 250.

Architecture and design[edit]

The facility was designed by Boora Architects of Portland, Oregon as a box within a box in order to insulate the hall from the sound of the nearby freeway and train tracks. The Center also features moveable panels that can adjust the acoustics of the main hall and an orchestra shell on air casters.

Many green construction techniques were used to further the University's commitment to the environment and sustainable construction methods.[2]

The Mondavi Center features a M'elodie Meyer Sound system for sound reinforcement. [3]


  1. ^ DCN and Yolo County Library (2003). "Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts". The Davis Community Network. Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2006.
  2. ^ BOORA Architects. "Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts". Meyer Sound Laboratories. Retrieved 22 June 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ Meyer Sound Laboratories Inc. (2008). "UC Davis Mondavi Center Sings with Meyer Sound M'elodie". Meyer Sound Laboratories. Retrieved 30 March 2010. External link in |work= (help)

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