Hartford, CT – STV|DPM, part of STV, a national firm that provides design and construction management services, announced the completed renovation of City Arts on Pearl for TheaterWorks Hartford.
STV|DPM represented TheaterWorks throughout the design and construction phases as the owner’s project manager. The project was delivered under a design-build contract with SLAM Construction as the construction manager and SLAM Collaborative serving as the project architect. Additional consultants on the project included van Zelm Engineers, Fisher Dachs Associates, and Miceli Productions.
TheaterWorks is a non-profit, professional theater company located at 233 Pearl St. in downtown Hartford. The company was founded in 1985 and is currently run by producing artistic director, Rob Ruggiero, along with an active board of directors and a staff of 21.
The six-month renovation project involved major upgrades to the theater level including new patron and actor restrooms, a café service area, control booth and catwalk construction, a modernized HVAC system including new electrical service, and significant improvements to theater seating, lighting and sound systems.
Upgrades to the enlarged theater lobby on the first floor included the addition of a new elevator to serve the theater level and the exposure of the historic vaulted decorative ceiling. Code issues were resolved with upgraded egress routes and emergency systems.
City Arts on Pearl, a historic art deco building, was built in 1927 for the Hartford Gas Company. Originally modeled after movie palaces of that era, the building was acquired by TheaterWorks in 1994. The building also houses numerous non-profit organizations as well as performance, gallery, office, rehearsal, and storage spaces on three floors.