Kennedy Center Family Theater

Washington, DC

Conversion of Existing Theater Space Into a New 324-Seat Theater

The creation of a new Family Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts involved the transformation of an existing film theater into a new 324-seat space for live performances. The project challenged Mueller’s team of engineers to accommodate new air handling units and ductwork within the theater’s limited existing infrastructure. Requirements also included minimizing energy requirements while also meeting strict acoustical demands. The renovation included installation of new HVAC systems, including automatic temperature controls, for the gallery, stage, lobbies, booth, and restrooms. The air handling system serving the stage area allowed for operation with 100% outdoor air to accommodate the painting of scenery and props within the stage space.

Architect

RCG Architects

Client History

2015: Israeli Lounge Improvements; RCG Architects
2014: Russian Lounge; RCG Architects
2014: Terrace Theater Renovation; Quinn Evans Architects
2012: South Block Concert Hall Renovation; Grimm + Parker
2010: Theater Lab Renovation; RCG Architects
2008: Eisenhower Theater; Quinn Evans Architects
2006: Family Theater; RCG Architects
Various IDQ Contract Projects; Quinn Evans Architects, RCG Architects, and Samaha Associates

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  • Mueller had a challenging situation…this project showed off their flexibility and customer service.

    Barbara Gartley
    Project Manager, Kennedy Center
  • Mueller was just the right firm for this project.

    Jonathan Fishman, AIA
    RCG Architects
  • Mueller had a challenging situation…this project showed off their flexibility and customer service.

    Barbara Gartley
    Project Manager, Kennedy Center
  • Mueller was just the right firm for this project.

    Jonathan Fishman, AIA
    RCG Architects