Performing Arts Center

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Plans based on theater designer Robert Long and Theatre Consultants Collaborative in collaboration with West Stockbridge based Dana Bixby Architecture are underway for a new state of the art “green” theater in the center of Adams, MA built according to LEED Platinum guidelines and incorporating the latest technologies in sustainability. Geothermal, photovoltaic and non-toxic building materials will ensure that the building operates with a minimal carbon footprint while maintaining a comfortable interior environment for our audiences. This will also help reduce operating costs.

The theater will have a fixed seating capacity of approximately 300 seats which will be in the bowl of the theater. In front of the bowl will be several removable rows of seats which will allow an extended thrust stage configuration.

The extended stage will accommodate large theatrical and dance performances and the fixed stage will be for smaller performances such as live music, staged readings and smaller theatrical productions.

Behind the bowl another performance platform will be built. This will be a flexible area where 200 removable stadium seats could be added to give a total capacity of 500 seats to the theater. This platform can be used for classes and workshops as well as community needs; art exhibits, banquets, meetings, classes and small performances.

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Phase 1A: $600,000
Construction of a performance platform and theatrical elements, dressing rooms, installation of a heating and ventilation system. With the completion of this phase the theater can be used as a three season venue.

Phase 1B: $2,700,000
Installation of a fire suppression system, building the shell of the support space and adding new bathrooms, installing geothermal heat.

Phase 2: $1,300,000
Completion of motion capture room/rehearsal studio, construction of dressing rooms, second floor bathrooms, an elevator, balconies, sprung floors and more theatrical elements.

Phase 3: $1,000,000
Renovation of the original lobby, reconstruction of facade and marquee and expansion of the cafe, finishing the second floor support space, installation of photovoltaic (solar) electric.

Phase 4: $400,000
Construction of a sunspace and green roof with a cafe terrace visible and accessible from the Ashuwillticook bike trail.

Total Estimated Project Cost: $6,000,000

In between each phase of construction the Arts Center will be operational. The Northern Berkshire community will be able to witness the transformation and enjoy programming in the space at each phase.