ORA Architects has been selected to lead the design and implementation of energy efficiency upgrades to the Seattle Children’s Theatre at Seattle Center. Founded in 1975, Seattle Children’s Theatre is one of the world’s leading theatres for youth, providing children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works and theatre education. ORA is the architect and prime consultant. The project team includes District Energy Management, owner representative; Notkin Wood Harbinger Alliance, mechanical engineers; Stantec, lighting, electrical and acoustical; and C&N Consultants, cost estimators.
The project includes mechanical and lighting upgrades, window replacements, and related enhancements which will significantly improve energy performance and comfort throughout the facility. Schematic design will commence in late July and complete in September 2017, with implementation starting in late 2017.
The team will build on recommendations from an Energy Audit completed by Ecotope in spring 2017 and will work closely with Seattle Center and Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment to identify upgrades aligned with the City of Seattle’s Energy Tune-ups program. The Tune-up program focuses on optimizing energy and water performance by identifying no- or low-cost actions with short payback and significant energy savings. The program is a key piece of Seattle’s Climate Action Plan, Seattle’s roadmap to achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050.
The 72,000 sf Seattle Children’s Theatre complex is comprised of three interconnected buildings: the Eve Alvord Theatre and Administrative wing built in 1956, the Charlotte Martin Theatre built in 1992, and the Technical Pavilion built in 1999. The project continues ORA’s extensive work with arts organizations at Seattle Center campus. In 2012, Chihuly Garden & Glass was the first building on the campus to receive LEED Silver certification. Other ORA Seattle Center projects include SIFF Film Center completed in 2011 and Seattle Repertory Theatre Poncho Forum Upgrades, planned for completion in 2018.
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