This exciting new performing arts center features a 2,500-seat performance hall, an intimate black box theater, a six story grand lobby, an outdoor plaza and numerous event and rehearsal spaces. Image: BuroHappold Engineering
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater
Situated in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater is set to become a leading entertainment venue. Featuring a 2,500 seat main concert hall, smaller performance stages, rehearsal areas and public gathering facilities, the theater incorporates a stunning glazed facade that gives the public glimpses of the spaces within.
BuroHappold Engineering provided MEP engineering services for the new theater, supporting the team in developing the key design criteria and detailed energy and comfort analysis.
Key challenges for the team during the project included the theater’s constricted location in a tight urban site surrounded by high-rise buildings. We also had to make allowances for the different locations of the design team.
During the early stages of the design, the BuroHappold team carried out extensive energy analysis and conservation measure analytics to meet strict energy guidelines and provide a comfortable environment.
The theater’s central location meant that the equipment on the roof of the four-story building had to be minimized. The restricted footprint also meant that our engineers needed to work within the confines of the building, with limited space for services installation.
Because both the architect and BuroHappold do not have a local presence in Salt Lake City, the team arranged a series of bi-weekly workshops in New York to keep the project on schedule. Those meetings were interspersed with gatherings that concentrated on specific areas of the design.
Recently opened fall 2016, the dramatic new building offers a new approach to theater design. The layout of the spaces within the performing arts center opens up the backstage operations so they are visible to people using the park and retail spaces nearby, further uniting the theater with the community and its surroundings.
New performance center covers 148,000 ft2
Theater features six story lobby with retractable glass walls
Delta performance hall features 2,500 seats
LEED Gold certification
Client: Salt Lake City
Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects | HKS Architects
Project value: $92 million
Duration: Completed in 2016
Services provided by BuroHappold: MEP engineering, fire protection, energy modeling