Grand Action Committee

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Grand Rapids, Michigan // 105,000 sq. ft.

Client Challenge

The 1920-vintage theatre’s lobbies were cramped, had limited patron access and outdated building systems. The Grand Action Committee’s vision was three-fold:

  • Utilize the downtown location to connect to the revitalization in the city
  • Resolve complex life safety, maintenance, and functional issues
  • Celebrate the vibrancy of the Civic Theatre to raise awareness of this valuable resource

TowerPinkster Solution

The TowerPinkster design team of historic preservation, sound, and lighting experts collaborated to revive the theatre’s original grandeur while organizing the space for greater efficiency and accessibility.

The most tangible facility improvements at the Civic Theatre include:

  • Patron Amenities: New and expanded lobbies, new restrooms, and re-raked balcony seating
  • Building Circulation: Organized for efficiency, simplified way-finding, and full accessibility
  • Exterior Treatments: Three-story atrium entrance along the entire north facade and restoration of historic facades on Division Street – the “corner tower”
  • Life Safety and Building Systems: Renewed building infrastructure
  • Theater Support Systems: Significant upgrade of lighting and sound systems
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