Centerville and Bountiful theater groups, along with visionary community leaders, provided the inspiration for the Davis Center for the Performing Arts. The vision culminated in the design and construction of a 530-seat main theater, 150 seat Black Box Theater, lobby/gallery, three large rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, two green rooms, and ample storage rooms. FFKR is the Architect of Record in collaboration with ASWN+ of Murray, Utah.
Acoustics are the most important design parameter for the configuration of the theater space. Architecture collaborates and meshes with engineering to produce a quality theatrical space. Angular and curved walls and ceilings all contribute to the acoustic quality of the theater space. In the ceiling, a catwalk system concealed above maple acoustical panels provides railing to mount performance lighting fixtures and additional equipment.
The Main stage has a three-platform motorized lift system, allowing for actors and props to be lifted from the basement to the main stage during set-up and performances. The stage has 21 line sets, which allows for stage/set pieces to be lowered, lifted, and stored in the fly loft above. The sets for multiple shows can be stored simultaneously as well as additional curtains and screens. In addition, the main stage has a spectacular Austrian Curtain, which gathers as it lifts.
The Black Box Theater is an intimate space for smaller performances. It has a tension grid ceiling, which is basically a wire mesh floor that allows technicians to access the entire ceiling above the stage and audience. Stage and lighting equipment can be hung from anywhere on the tension grid.
The lobby is a two-story interactive gathering space lit by a glass curtain wall during the day. At night it becomes a lantern to the community that announces cultural and civic activity within.
Client Davis CountySize 53,000 sf