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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, which will house the West Theatre’s trap level below the stage.

Evidence of the site’s past as a turn-of-the-century barrel-making factory, ‘30s service station, and ‘70s alternative school soon surfaced, including the intact wheel rim of a 1928 Ford Model T and a well-rusted pair of scissors.

With earthwork complete, Baldwin & Shell and Bass Concrete began pouring footings and elevator foundations in mid-September, and soon closed in the basement with steel and concrete.

On October 12, a tower crane arrived on site and builders began erecting formwork walls to pour the theatre’s concrete volumes. A test wall was finished at the cellar level to explore different techniques, and architect Jonathan Marvel selected soda-blasted Arkansas pine as the material that produced an ideal, sculptural wall finish.

In November and December, an extensive underground blueduct system was installed to supply soundless heat and air to the mainstage as board-formed walls for both theatres were completed.

In early May of 2018, steel arrived on site and begin to form the skeleton of the backstage and commons areas, linking the two board-form concrete theatre volumes together. A one-inch air gap separates the concrete volumes from the steel structure, helping acoustically isolate the two theatres.

As board-formed walls were completed, the formwork boards—now heavy with concrete—were recovered, wire brushed, and stained to be used as the interior cladding of the Spring Theatre and the Walker Rehearsal Room.

Once the building’s waterproof envelope was sealed in, hundreds of electricians, A/V, HVAC, and theatrical specialists arrived to begin laying more than 8 miles of cable and conduit throughout the two buildings. At the same time, charred shou sugi ban boards began wrapping the rehearsal room and backstage spaces.

In July, framing began for the new artists’ residences on West Avenue, moving at a rapid pace — with the need for artists to arrive in time for the Arkansas New Play Festival in March 2019.

At Modus’s prototyping workshop in Fayetteville, architects, carpenters, and metalworkers have been kiln-drying wood from the trees that were previously a part of the parking lot on the building site. This wood will be used for conference tables, cafe tables, benches, and drink rails throughout the new T2 Commons.

Theatrical seating, interior finishes, paint, blackened steel, and furniture began to arrive after the start of the new year in 2019. Now, the close-out teams are working into the evening to complete the finishing touches in time for opening events in summer of 2019.

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, which will house the West Theatre’s trap level below the stage.

Evidence of the site’s past as a turn-of-the-century barrel-making factory, ‘30s service station, and ‘70s alternative school soon surfaced, including the intact wheel rim of a 1928 Ford Model T and a well-rusted pair of scissors.

With earthwork complete, Baldwin & Shell and Bass Concrete began pouring footings and elevator foundations in mid-September, and soon closed in the basement with steel and concrete.

On October 12, a tower crane arrived on site and builders began erecting formwork walls to pour the theatre’s concrete volumes. A test wall was finished at the cellar level to explore different techniques, and architect Jonathan Marvel selected soda-blasted Arkansas pine as the material that produced an ideal, sculptural wall finish.

In November and December, an extensive underground blueduct system was installed to supply soundless heat and air to the mainstage as board-formed walls for both theatres were completed.

In early May of 2018, steel arrived on site and begin to form the skeleton of the backstage and commons areas, linking the two board-form concrete theatre volumes together. A one-inch air gap separates the concrete volumes from the steel structure, helping acoustically isolate the two theatres.

As board-formed walls were completed, the formwork boards—now heavy with concrete—were recovered, wire brushed, and stained to be used as the interior cladding of the Spring Theatre and the Walker Rehearsal Room.

Once the building’s waterproof envelope was sealed in, hundreds of electricians, A/V, HVAC, and theatrical specialists arrived to begin laying more than 8 miles of cable and conduit throughout the two buildings. At the same time, charred shou sugi ban boards began wrapping the rehearsal room and backstage spaces.

In July, framing began for the new artists’ residences on West Avenue, moving at a rapid pace — with the need for artists to arrive in time for the Arkansas New Play Festival in March 2019.

At Modus’s prototyping workshop in Fayetteville, architects, carpenters, and metalworkers have been kiln-drying wood from the trees that were previously a part of the parking lot on the building site. This wood will be used for conference tables, cafe tables, benches, and drink rails throughout the new T2 Commons.

Theatrical seating, interior finishes, paint, blackened steel, and furniture began to arrive after the start of the new year in 2019. Now, the close-out teams are working into the evening to complete the finishing touches in time for opening events in summer of 2019.

See a live webcam image here.

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Our Next Stage


Our Next Stage