This $10 million renovation project had three main parts: the cinema, the black-box theater and the movement studio in the old theater fly loft; and the theater and drama classrooms and offices.
The cinema’s design challenge was to fit a state-of-the-art surround-sound cinema into the existing space, which required a ASSOCIATED FIRMMGA Partners Architects/Design ArchitectsCAPACITY952COST PER SQ FT$240.70FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation projection booth to fit all of the modern equipment. The original fly loft was removed and re-engineered to allow for heavy equipment to move sets to and from the existing loading dock. A new structure was added inside the space to accommodate the black-box theater and movement studio. Two sets of stairs and an elevator were added for proper access to these spaces. In order to do this, the design team had to add an overbuild section to the upper floors.
The roof on the building had to be removed and replaced with a heavy-duty EPDM. This project is to achieve LEED silver certification.