Coming early 2020…COCA is expanding! Create Our Future is a multi-year fundraising effort to transform our University City campus and build our capital reserves and endowment funds for scholarships, support services, artistic and educational programming.

Renovations to our historic building were completed in June 2018, and our new East Wing will be complete in early 2020 and incorporate the footprint of our former parking lot and approximately double COCA’s building size.



Where do I park?

Free parking is provided across Washington Ave. from COCA in a new parking garage shared with Washington University.

The new parking garage includes 200+ total spaces serving three groups: COCA, Washington University’s 560 Music School, and the University’s Castlereigh Apartments – the same three groups that had been sharing the two smaller surface lots.

With additional spaces overall, we will continue to manage the new garage much as we managed the two lots – spaces will be divided between us and available on a first-come basis.

During special events, COCA will continue to offer valet services, shuttle services, and collaborate with other nearby parking lot owners. COCA staff and 560 Music School staff will also continue to share event calendars to make the best plans to accommodate our patrons.

The parking garage entrance arms work on a sensor to keep a count of the cars in the garage – and will advise drivers if the lot is FULL. COCA visitors and students do NOT need to pull a ticket and will NOT be charged to exit!

There is accessible parking on all floors of the garage near the elevator. There are also two accessible parking spaces on the corner of Washington Ave. near Trinity Ave.

Please do not park and leave your car in the small area designated by cones in order to keep it free for quick drop-offs/pick-ups.

To help with neighborhood traffic flow, please do not park in front of the COCA entrance on Trinity Ave.

Limited street parking is available. As always, we ask that you please respect our neighbors and follow all University City parking rules.

How do I enter COCA?

We have a new front door! Please enter COCA via the Trinity Avenue entrance, during Create Our Future expansion construction.

If you’re coming from the parking garage, please exit the garage, turn right, walk west along the sidewalk on Washington Ave., and cross the street at the stop sign at the corner of Washington Ave. and Trinity Ave.

COCA’s main entrance will return to Washington Ave. just across from the parking garage, once the expansion is complete in early 2020.

What is included in the renovations and the new addition?

Renovated Kuehner West Wing Facilities – Completed June 2018

  • Staenberg Performance Lab, a sunlit central studio, rehearsal hall, and performance space restoring the original architecture of Mendelsohn’s sanctuary.
  • Dierbergs Kitchen at COCA – a state-of-the-art space to be used for culinary programs in addition to hosting and serving events.
  • More than 3500 square feet of renovated multi-disciplinary studio space, including two new dance studios, Peacock Studio and Emerson Studio, and the new Gold Art & Design Studio equipped with tools to foster exploration and creativity.

New Ferring East Wing Facilities – Anticipated completion in early 2020

  • The state-of-the-art Berges Theatre (450 seats) to both meet COCA’s growing performance needs as well as expand opportunities to host local and touring visiting artists.
  • 4,600 square feet of new multi-disciplinary studio space for COCA’s growing programs, including its nationally accredited programs in dance, theatre, voice, and early childhood.
  • New community space – located throughout the project – to create a more hospitable, welcoming second home for COCA’s families and visitors.
  • A designated, safe, and accessible drop-off and pick-up configuration offering an alternative to short-term garage and street parking.

What companies are working on the construction?

Project Team:
Architect of Record – Christner Inc.
Design Architect – Axi:Ome
Construction Manager – Wilson TW Joint Venture
Structural Engineer – OES Inc.
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer & Lighting Design – Buro Happold
Civil Engineer – Engineering Design Source, Inc.
Theater Consultant – Schuler Shook
Acoustic & Audio Visual Consultant – Kirkegaard Associates
Gold Art & Design Studio Renovation – C. Rallo Contracting Co., Inc.

Where can I learn more?

Visit these pages! For more information about the Create Our Future Campaign you can read about it here. If you have specific questions, please email Jason Schipkowski at