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Maryland’s Round House Theatre Tops Off

May. 2, 2019
Maryland's Round House Theatre Tops Off

The Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, celebrated their topping off ceremony last week! This extensive renovation project will revitalize the performing arts venue for future artists and audiences. McLaren is providing structural engineering services, including modifications to both the theatre’s front and back of house spaces. The revitalization is creating adaptable performance space while transforming the venue’s lobby and new feature staircase. We are pleased to be partnering with Charcoalblue, Forrester Construction and Kamm Architecture on this project.

Updates to stage structure were engineered to accommodate a new portable stage decking system, allowing for multiple stage configurations and elevations. Some other stage additions include new catwalk legs and spotlight platforms for new staging configurations, and rear wall and side walls to improve acoustics.

For the seating, the existing structure is being modified to accommodate the extension of existing cantilevered balcony framing to meet deflection and vibration criteria. The extension will bring the footprint of the second level seating closer to the stage and re-rake the balcony structure to improve sightlines. Orchestra level slab modifications were engineered for the new seating layout.