Addition to the Altria Theater

The challenge when renovating a local icon is to fully understand the unique context and history of the original building. At the same time, the new architecture must complement the existing while also standing on its own merits. Upgrades to this historic landmark included a new loading dock, renovated wardrobe areas and modern dressing rooms. The City had an ambitious 4 month design schedule for the Phase I Loading Dock Addition, which the team met even when the geotech report (which was not available until more than a month into design) necessitated incorporating deep pile foundations into the structural design.