Sandler Center for the Performing ArtsSandler Center for the Performing Arts
© Steve Budman
© Steve Budman
© Steve Budman
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Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Designed for multiple uses including theatre, popular and symphonic music, dance and public meetings, the 1,300-seat Performance Hall at Sandler Center was the result of the need to replace the area’s aging Pavilion Theatre. Working in collaboration with the design-build team, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander developed the initial design concepts for both the Performance Hall and the 2,400-square-foot Miller Studio Theatre. The work included planning of the facility, including the three 4,100-square-foot lobbies and the development of an infrastructure to support the 18,000-square-foot outdoor performance plaza.

In the main hall and the studio, the firm designed the seating configuration as well as the theatrical lighting and rigging systems.

The studio theatre also serves as a rehearsal hall. Equipped with ballet barres, a sprung floor, a variable acoustic system, a pipe grid and lighting system, the flexible space can be configured to suit various uses including banquets for up to 125 seated guests.

Architect of Record: CMSS Architects
Design-Build Contractor: Clancy & Theys
Consulting Architect: Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie
Acoustics: Kirkegaard Associates
Size: 86,500 SF
Cost: $46,700,000
Completion: 2007