The new Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, was designed to unify Boston University’s College of Fine Art’s School of Theatre. The new facility is part of BU’s $50 million consolidation plan to bring the theater program back to Commonwealth Ave. after 33 years on Huntington Avenue.
The modern, steel-beamed, glass-filled facility includes a 250-seat flexible theater; backstage performer and technical support spaces; lobby and front-of-house spaces; production spaces including shops for scenery, costumes and props; office and studio spaces for faculty; and classroom and lab-style teaching spaces, including a lighting lab and design studios.
Acentech provided acoustical consulting (room acoustics, sound isolation, mechanical system noise control) for all phases from Schematic Design through Construction and Commissioning. The new building opened in 2018.