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The Building


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The Building


 

A PERMANENT HOME

“A building that draws the eye and evokes curiosity. A place that invites, hints at the unusual, suggests, something significant will happen here..."
– Vision Statement

TheatreSquared’s new 50,000 square-foot home unites two state-of-the-art theatres, the company’s first dedicated rehearsal space, offices, education and community space, on-site workshops for scenery, props and costumes, eight dedicated guest artist apartments, outdoor terraces at three levels, and an open-all-day café/bar at the active corner of West & Spring. 

Board-formed architectural concrete wraps both theatre volumes. The theatre's mainstage is designed for perfect acoustic isolation from even the blast of a freight train’s horn one block away. 

In Marvel Architects’ innovative design, the artistic spaces, far from hidden, actually project from the facade. The studio, rehearsal space, and mainstage are all plainly visible from the street, so that no matter where you stand outside, it's clear the building's purpose is to create and experience live theatre. 

Sustainable through-and-through, the project exceeds national standards with repurposed building materials, all-LED lights, furniture milled from trees on site, enhanced commissioning, and efficient systems. Behind the building, an artist’s patio will be constructed out of reclaimed brick from a 150-year old structure that once stood near the old Fayetteville Depot.  

 
 
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The Stage


The Stage


INTIMATE AND IMMERSIVE

“In the beating heart of the building are brilliant performances, intimate and unmediated, celebrating the joys and struggles of what it means to be human..." 
– Vision Statement

The process of creating a design for a new home actually began at the building's core. Through dozens of artist and audience conversations, Charcoalblue worked to identify the key qualities that make TheatreSquared's performances, in the words of one 10 year-old audience member, "exhilarating." The new designs would amplify the virtues of T2's current space, while adding perfect acoustics, unmatched sightlines, and the modern production tools of a state-of-the-art theatre. 

In TheatreSquared’s intimate new mainstage, the front row has moved even closer to the stage, while the back seating row is just one row deeper than in T2's current space. Audience members enter at a shared level with the performers. Two rows wrap around the top to create a new circle level with some of the best views in the house. The custom seats are self-rising, creating ample room for patrons to circulate. A third tier of seating can be activated for additional capacity as needed. And the walls of the audience seating section are clad in warm-hued, repurposed wood.  

 
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State of the Art


State of the Art


Fan, extended stage, courtyard, and in-the-round setups.

FLEXIBILITY

Behind the scenes, dedicated wing space, on-site production workshops, twelve feet of depth below stage, and a state-of-the-art rigging system will mean that, for the first time, TheatreSquared’s designers and production team will have a full artistic palette to create any imaginative world onstage.

With an innovative, flexible design, the theatre’s capacity is expandable from a typical setup for 280 to nearly 400 for a special occasion. The stage can shift from partial thrust to full Shakespearean courtyard, from traditional proscenium to an in-the-round stage. And the back wall of the stage house can portal open for an extremely deep stage effect.

 
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The Commons


We see a gathering place—a theatre commons—that is welcoming and fascinating, alive with activity..." 
– Vision Statement

The Commons


We see a gathering place—a theatre commons—that is welcoming and fascinating, alive with activity..." 
– Vision Statement
 

OPEN ALL DAY

TheatreSquared’s new commons area will be open all day — for coffee, a small plate, or a cocktail, whether or not you’re attending a show. 

A sculptural stair frames the entrance, connects two levels of the lobby, and functions as seating for pop-up, flexible performances inside the most visible corner of the building.

From the stair’s landing between the first and second levels, audience members can look down on a café/bar that spills out onto a Spring Street patio, or up to a youth and community room open to the lobby and an upper-level seating bridge leading to an outdoor bar terrace. The box office and entrances to both theatres are just a few steps away from the entrance.

Hardwood floors create a warm contrast with the board-form concrete, augmented by the red and copper hues of clustered lights. A three-story skylight brings natural light into the building’s core, and illuminates the wall of the main stage.

 
 
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Groundbreaking


On June 23, 2017, at 4pm, TheatreSquared broke ground on the region’s first dedicated, permanent home for professional theatre and publicly launched the Our Next Stage Campaign, a $34 million effort to fully fund construction and establish an artistic, operating and education reserve. Construction on the region’s new 50,000 square-foot, two-venue facility, designed by international design award recipients Marvel Architects and Charcoalblue, will continue through mid-2019.

Groundbreaking


On June 23, 2017, at 4pm, TheatreSquared broke ground on the region’s first dedicated, permanent home for professional theatre and publicly launched the Our Next Stage Campaign, a $34 million effort to fully fund construction and establish an artistic, operating and education reserve. Construction on the region’s new 50,000 square-foot, two-venue facility, designed by international design award recipients Marvel Architects and Charcoalblue, will continue through mid-2019.

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Construction Progress


Following groundbreaking in June 2017, earthwork began immediately with demolition of the parking lot and excavation of the basement level, which will house the theatre’s trap level below the stage as well as storage, IT, and emergency electrical systems.

Evidence of the site’s past as a turn-of-the-century barrel-making factory, ‘30s service station, and ‘70s alternative school surfaced, including the intact wheel rim of a 1928 Ford Model T (with original black paint), which T2 intends to repurpose as furniture, and a well-rusted pair of Fiskars scissors. 

With earthwork and rock removal complete, Baldwin & Shell and Bass Concrete began pouring footings and elevator pit foundations in mid-September. Entegrity supervised the waterproofing installation to ensure a watertight foundation. 

On October 12, a tower crane was erected which will remain on the site until early summer of 2018. Contractors also began erecting the formwork walls in preparation for the theatre’s concrete volumes to be poured in mid-November. A test wall has been poured at the cellar level to explore different board-formed concrete techniques.

See a live webcam image here.

Construction Progress


Following groundbreaking in June 2017, earthwork began immediately with demolition of the parking lot and excavation of the basement level, which will house the theatre’s trap level below the stage as well as storage, IT, and emergency electrical systems.

Evidence of the site’s past as a turn-of-the-century barrel-making factory, ‘30s service station, and ‘70s alternative school surfaced, including the intact wheel rim of a 1928 Ford Model T (with original black paint), which T2 intends to repurpose as furniture, and a well-rusted pair of Fiskars scissors. 

With earthwork and rock removal complete, Baldwin & Shell and Bass Concrete began pouring footings and elevator pit foundations in mid-September. Entegrity supervised the waterproofing installation to ensure a watertight foundation. 

On October 12, a tower crane was erected which will remain on the site until early summer of 2018. Contractors also began erecting the formwork walls in preparation for the theatre’s concrete volumes to be poured in mid-November. A test wall has been poured at the cellar level to explore different board-formed concrete techniques.

See a live webcam image here.

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Our Next Stage


Our Next Stage