Theaters & Auditoriums

FCCJ Performing Arts Center, South Campus

Florida Community College of Jacksonville

Saxelbye Architects, Inc.

$20,000,000

July 1994

August 1996

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Design and inspection of the main theatre, the teaching theatre, the two lake-side buildings with retaining walls, the covered walkways, and the two story classroom buildings.

Times Union Multi-Cultural Performing Arts Center

City of Jacksonville Department of Public Works

KBJ Architects, Inc.

$33,000,000

October 1995

August 1997

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Performed structural engineering design and threshold inspection for the addition and renovation of the Jacksonville Civic Auditorium into the Times Union Multi-Cultural Performing Arts Center for the Jacksonville Public Works Department. The work included renovation of the Moran and Little Theaters, addition of the 35,000 square foot, three level-1,800 seat Jacoby Symphony Hall, the 5,000 square foot river front lobby rotunda, the 5,000 square foot covered entry portico, and all site structural and paving design.   The Symphony Hall was constructed with load bearing pre-cast concrete walls supported on a pile foundation system.  The first floor is a pile supported reinforced concrete slab.  The elevated floors are a combination of post-tensioned and conventionally reinforced concrete slabs.  The roof is a cast concrete slab on steel decking supported by steel trusses.  The renovation to the existing front entry provided a covered structural steel entry portico supported by concrete piles.  A 2-story lobby rotunda was constructed to enhance the riverfront entry.  This rotunda was constructed with a reinforced cast-in-place first floor slab supported by concrete piles.  The second floor was constructed with a concrete slab above a steel deck and composite steel beams and the roof was constructed with steel bar joists supporting a steel roof deck.  In the existing auditorium, a non-structural concrete slab was cast above the existing first floor slab to proved better views for the seats.  Also, several seating and technical balconies, platforms and catwalks were added to the auditorium.  Additional stairs and supports for stone piers were constructed in the existing lobby and in the existing building north and south of the new Concert Hall.

University of North Florida Performing Arts Center

University of North Florida

Rink Reynolds Diamond Fisher

$25,000,000

November 1999

June 2001

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Threshold inspection of the two-story, 1,400 seat, 125,000 square foot performing arts center at the University of North Florida.  The inspections for this center included the shallow foundations, the orchestra pit, the slab-on-grade, the balcony, the composite construction of the 2nd floor, the fly tower, the exterior walkways, the pedestrian bridge to the adjacent parking garage, the roof construction, and the load bearing wall construction.

Regent University’s College of Performing Arts

Regent University

Zona Humburg & Associates

$24,000,000

May 2001

August 2002

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Structural design of a two-story theater building and entry portico with an attached 3-story office and classroom building. Included in the theater building is a trap room and orchestra pit at the basement level and 510 seats for the first floor audience in front of the stage.  The 2nd floor balcony includes seats of 263 for the theatre including the side boxes.  The theatre’s fly tower has an elevated fly gallery and a gridiron support level.  Also included in the theatre is the upper level catwalk.  The 3-story office/classroom building has 161 seat film studios, classrooms, and support staff on the first floor; offices on the 2nd floor; and office’s and mechanical rooms on the third floor.   A single story television production studio, film sound stage, classrooms, and supporting rooms with a mechanical mezzanine were included in the design and are separated from the theatre building by an expansion joint.  The buildings were supported with shallow foundations supporting load-bearing masonry walls and structural steel columns placed within the partition walls.  The elevated floors were constructed with cast-in-place concrete above composite steel deck and composite steel beams.  The main roof was sloped at 8:12 and was constructed with steel bar joist framing and structural steel beams supporting a steel roof deck.  For fire and sound isolation from the remaining building, the theatre also had a flat concrete roof deck supported by long span joists below the exposed roof framing.  The adjacent single story building that was separated by the expansion joint was constructed with load bearing masonry walls supporting bar joists and roof deck.  The roof of the television production studio and film sound stage of the single story building was construed flat with concrete above metal deck and steel bar joists.

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