Mundelein Center: Newhart Family Theatre Chicago, IL

The theatre project was a part of 200,000 s.f., 14-story renovation of Mundelein Center (also called the skyscraper) — an existing historic building at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.  The 6-phase project included new classrooms, offices, restrooms, corridors, elevators, new multipurpose room and a 230-seat performing arts theater that was built in Phase 5.

The new thrust stage theatre space is located in an substantially redeveloped north portion of the building, backed up by a fully equipped scene building shop, costume shop, performance classroom and a full-featured backstage. Designed in collaboration with theater design and lighting consultants, it defines a new high-profile learning experience for Loyola performing arts students. The theatre is meant to create a more intimate space for performances and can be configured for approximately 230 seats.

In order to develop the space to its fullest potential, significant structural alterations were required. Above the publicly accessible space, we proposed a separate technical level that provides access to sound control booth and to the tension grid, from which students can install and adjust the overhead light equipment.

After this phase of project was accomplished, construction of the multipurpose room was started on top of the existing roof above the main theatre space.

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