Richmond CenterStage Wins National, Regional Awards

Falls Church, VA—The ambitious renovation of Richmond CenterStage, a circa-1928 theater in downtown Richmond, Virginia, has received two major awards recognizing excellence in design and construction. Building Design & Construction magazine awarded the project a Bronze Award in its 2010 Annual Reconstruction Awards. Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine also recognized Richmond CenterStage with an Award of Merit in the Renovation/Restoration category in its Best of 2010 program.

The $62.2 million project involved a meticulous historic preservation process as well as upgrades and additions totaling 179,000 square feet. Venues include the 1,760-seat Carpenter Center theater; the Gottwald Playhouse, a 200-seat black-box theater, the Genworth BrightLights Educational Center; and Rhythm Hall, a multipurpose venue. Additional square footage for the expansion was obtained by annexing an adjacent historic building, formerly the home of Thalhimers Department Store.

Girard Engineering provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for the project. The building team included Wilson Butler Architects and the firm of Dunbar, Milby, Williams, Pittman and Vaughan for structural engineering. The team of Gilbane/Christman served as the construction manager.

Based in Falls Church, Va., Girard Engineering provides comprehensive mechanical and electrical engineering services through all phases of design and construction, from conceptual design through final system commissioning. The firm’s practice includes office, institutional, educational, and multifamily residential projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Release Date: 
November 2010
For Immediate Release