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Boston University — Booth Theatre and Production Center


Project Name

Boston University Booth Theatre and Production Center

Size

75,000 SF

Location

Boston, MA

Owner

Boston University

Architect

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Awards

2020 AIA New England Honor Award 2020 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) National Award of Honor

Project Name

Boston University Booth Theatre and Production Center

Size

75,000 SF

Location

Boston, MA

Owner

Boston University

Architect

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Awards

2020 AIA New England Honor Award 2020 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) National Award of Honor

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Boston University Booth Theatre And Production Center view of stage and multiple layers
Bu Booth Theatre And Production Center Exterior Acentech
Boston University Booth Theatre And Production Center Costume making room
Bu Booth Theatre And Production Center Lobby

The new Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center at Boston University was built in order to unify the College of Fine Art’s School of Theatre.

Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, with Auerback Pollock Friedlander (theatre consultants), the new facility is part of BU’s $50 million consolidation plan to bring the theater program back to Commonwealth Avenue after 33 years on Huntington Avenue. The new building doubles as a maker-space/ lab for theatrical production technology, where students get hands-on experience with lighting, sound, costuming and stage design.

The 75,000 SF 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. Booth Theatre opened in early 2018 to much excitement and acclaim, ushering in renewed enthusiasm and visibility for the theater program at Boston University.

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