Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center Study 2016
Client:City of Wichita
Project Category:Planning and Feasibility
Completion Year:2016
Location:Wichita, Kansas

FDA and AMS completed a planning study to renovate existing or build a new performing arts center for the resident performing arts institutions Music Theatre Wichita, Theater League touring Broadway productions, Wichita Grand Opera, and the Wichita Symphony.  The study also showed how to maintain operations without shutting down these arts organizations for any period that might impact their financial and operational stability. Most heavily used of the venues is the 2,200-seat Concert Hall. In order to shut down and renovate the Concert Hall, a 2,400-seat theatre is proposed to first be built within the volume of the underutilized existing 5,000-seat Convention Hall. The existing interior would be demolished to allow construction of a new auditorium and stage house. A full program and stage equipment estimate for the venue were included with the report. Once that new theatre is open, renovation work can commence on the Concert Hall. For the report, it was assumed the Concert Hall would be renovated for a seat count under 2,000 and primary use for music, including acoustical and amplified concert performance. The existing fly tower, found to be constraining to the current theatrical users, will not require any renovation and the current orchestra enclosure system would be in place for most events. Acoustical isolation will be improved between each of the spaces to allow concurrent events to occur in Concert Hall and the new 2,400 seat theatre.