Structural design of 2 new theaters (a 1,700 seat performance hall and a 440 seat theater) and the rehabilitation of 74,000 sf of existing high school into a 200 seat theater, and state of the art classroom spaces, offices and support spaces for the new theaters. The project included a wide range of techniques and materials include structural and architectural precast concrete, reinforced load bearing masonry (lightweight and normal weight), cast in place concrete walls, grade beams and structural slabs, structural steel columns and beams, composite floor slabs, prefabricated columns and architecturally exposed custom steel trusses and columns. Challenges included construction in 2 phases while keeping the other areas in service, acoustical issues from local traffic and the nearby Langley Air Force Base, large cantilevers to improve sight lines, and the “tower of light” exterior stair.
A 175,000 SF two-story building that includes on building for theater and dance, a separate building for music, and an outdoor courtyard. The Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance includes three theaters, offices, a costume shop, computer labs, and a lobby. The Center for Music Performance contains a concert hall, recital hall, practice rooms, offices and a lobby. The structure is unique in that it puts more than 1,500 audience members in close proximity to the performers, and can host a large variety of acts.
A 219,330 SF 2 story 9,400 seat multi-purpose facility, primarily to house men’s and women’s basketball games, commencement activities and to support a variety of University related special events, such as concerts, lectures, and conferences. Spaces include locker rooms, a commissary, administrative offices, storage, mechanical and electrical spaces and a service dock. Also included are a 9,000 SF multi-purpose room for banquets and other gatherings and a kitchen equipped to cook for up to 1,500.
This 1,200-seat, 84,000 SF multi-purpose performing arts theatre features a 55-foot tall 110-foot long glass facade that wraps the front of the building. The grand lobby rises three stories and overlooks the outdoor performance plaza. The Miller Studio Theatre which is a flexible space for rehearsals and smaller, more intimate performances as well as dressing rooms, a VIP lounge, a catering kitchen, a box office, two classrooms, and administrative and support space.
A new 512-seat single story theater which includes a full stage and rigging and orchestra pit. Construction is a combination of loadbearing masonry and structural steel.