The 4-story, 32,000-square-foot Columbia Theatre is the only performing arts facility of its size in Southwest Washington. Originally constructed in 1925 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre was recently renovated to help prolong and revitalize its presence in the community. Our engineers maintained the historic attributes of the former vaudeville/movie house with special effort to save existing finishes and significant historical features. Previous water infiltration had severely damaged many of the theatre’s basement timber columns. The repair of these columns was part of the renovation as was the replacement of the stage and seating, infill of the orchestra pit, and addition of stairs and attic walkway. Providing structural support for the new mechanical system required close coordination between the mechanical ducts, the existing structure, and the historic finishes.
LMN Architects, FORMA Construction
AIA 2010 Civic Design Merit Award