By: dgardner

PLU Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Daily Journal of Commerce
November 12, 2013
By Journal Staff

After completing a $12 million renovation, Pacific Lutheran University's historic Eastvold Hall in Tacoma has been renamed the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The building was restored within the existing footprint, and space was added to expand the lobby, bringing the center to 46,000 square feet. Gallery spaces were expanded, and classrooms, music practice rooms and offices for the theater department were added.


Extensive seismic and ADA upgrades were done, such as elevator access for all floors.The auditorium was gutted and rebuilt to create a 680-seat theater, including high-tech sound and lighting systems. Old seats were removed to create an orchestra pit. Douglas fir wall panels act as both decorative and acoustic elements. The project was designed to LEED gold standards.

Owner: Pacific Lutheran University
Architect: BCRA
Contractor: Korsmo Construction
Mechanical, electrical engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers
Theater planner: Schuler Shook
Acoustical, audio visual: Sparling
Plumbing: Aries Mechanical
HVAC: Sunset Air
Electric: Danard Electric
Demolition, abatement: Rhine Demolition
Structural steel: Al's Welding and Steel Fabrication

Photos courtesy of Korsmo Construction

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