By: dgardner

Korsmo sets the stage for PLU theater

Daily Journal of Commerce
September 20, 2013
By Journal Staff

Korsmo Construction recently completed $12 million in renovation work to historic Eastvold Hall at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

The 46,000-square-foot project restored the building within its existing footprint, made a small addition to expand the lobby, and installed extensive seismic and ADA access upgrades.

Crews also expanded gallery spaces, made elevator access to all floors, and built classrooms, music practice rooms and offices for the theater department.

A big part of the project was gutting and rebuilding the auditorium to create 680 theater-style seats with high-tech sound and lighting systems. Crews removed many of the auditorium's old seats to create an orchestra pit and improve sightlines. They also installed Douglas fir wall panels as decorative and acoustic elements.

The project was designed by Tacoma architect BCRA to LEED gold standards. It used lumber milled from trees found on campus.

Korsmo, also of Tacoma, earlier this year finished a black box theater and scene shop inside the hall as a second phase of work. The first phase, finished years earlier by another contractor, put a new roof on the building, repaired exterior brick and restored a large stained-glass window.

The design team included: Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineer; PAE Consulting Engineers, mechanical and electrical engineer; Schuler Shook, theater planner; and Sparling, acoustical and audio-visual consultant.

Major subcontractors were: Aries Mechanical, plumbing; Sunset Air, HVAC; Danard Electric, electrical; Rhine Demolition, demolition and abatement; and Al's Welding & Steel Fabrication, structural steel.

The theater will open Oct. 12 with the production of Cole Porter's “Kiss Me, Kate.” It has been renamed the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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