France-Merrick Center for the Performing Arts (Hippodrome Theater)

The project consists of renovations, demolition and design to construct a new theater and retail spaces from the existing, historic Hippodrome Theater (now called the France-Merrick Center for the Performing Arts), Western National Bank and Eutaw Savings Bank buildings. The complex houses a 2,276 seat theater with a new stage and stage house, large, multi-story lobbies to the north and south of the theater, “back of the house” areas and a new commercial kitchen, service areas and setup for a restaurant. The existing Eutaw Bank area has the capability to house large multi-purpose functions.  The project consists of design for a new secondary electric utility service to support the 169,000 SF Theater, offices, retail and support areas. Other systems include electrical distribution, emergency power supplied from diesel driven generator, all plumbing, domestic water, building security, sound, security, communications, audio clean power, and audio systems raceway. Electrical design for lighting includes exterior and architectural lighting, stage lighting controls house lighting controls and a data control system to create a network to support devices and dimming systems. Lighting design was coordinated with the theater lighting consultant. 

The project received the Maryland ACEC 2005 Engineering Excellence Competition Grand Award.

Additional Information:

LocationBaltimore, MD
Construction Value $65,000,000
OwnerFrance-Merrick Center for the Performing Arts
ArchitectHardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates / Murphy & Dittenhafer
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