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Sullivan Performing Arts Center

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Designed by SHW Group and located adjacent to Texas

p r o j e c t   Larry

High School in the Texarkana Independent School Dis-

Theatre, Texarkana

trict, Sullivan Performing Arts Center is a 38,000-sf

c l i e n t  Texarkana

facility that houses the 1,000-seat John Thomas Theatre.

a r c h i t e c t  SHW

The design is intended to serve as a catalyst for the local

d e s i g n t e a m   Kent

arts community. The architect worked with acoustical

Elenna Smith; Greg Horne, PE; Kevin Rogers, PE; John Creed; Gwen

and theater consultants to design a space that enables

Morgan; James Smith

adjustable dispersion or absorption of sound depending

c o n t r a c t o r  Altech,

on the type of performance occurring within the space.

c o n s u l t a n t s  Estes McClure and Associates (MEP); Acoustic Dimen-

The theater features two catwalks and a tech gallery

sions (acoustical and performance technologies); MTG engineers &

that provides ample light locations for all types of per-

surveyors (civil)

formances. Supporting spaces include a choir room and

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Paul

Sullivan Performing Arts Center and John Thomas Independent School District

Group Leach, AIA; Mark Hill, AIA; Mike Hall, AIA;

Inc.

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green room, a 1,800-sf drama lab, and two drama class-

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rooms. Makeup and costume storage rooms double as

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement / slab :

an expanded dressing area for larger performances. The

Pavestone (H&H Concrete); masonry units : Palestine Concrete Tile

building facade complements the adjacent high school.

Co.; masonry veneer assemblies : Acme Brick; metal decking : Consolidated

Exterior materials were brought inside the lobby, which

Systems; architectural metal work : McNichols; railings : Parks Metal

is wrapped with a curtain of glass to provide a visual

Fabricators;

connection with the outdoors. The transparency ties to

finish systems :

the Greek root of the word theater (‘a place of seeing’).

panels :

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laminates :

TEIFS;

H&H Concrete; retaining walls :

Panel Specialists; ;

vapor retarders :

Berrdige Manufacturing Co.;

exterior insulation and

Dupont Tyvek;

roof and wall

prefabricated roof specialties

and roof accessories : Nystrom; specialty doors : Total Door (Modernfold

Doors of DWF); entrances and glazed curtainwall : YKK Architectural Products (Modern Glass Co.); glass : AGC (Modern Glass Co.); tile : DalTile, Interceramic; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; paint: Sherwin

FIRST FLOOR PLAN 1 LOBBY 2 HOUSE 3 STAGE 4 DRAMA ROOM 5 SCENE SHOP 6 CHOIR 7 CLASSROOM

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Williams; grilles and screens : Cascade Coil Drapery; signage : Hightech Signs; wire mesh partitions : The G-S Company; video production and audio systems : AVI-SPL, Dallas; manufactured casework : Texarkana ISD; auditorium seating : Irwin Seating Co.; wheelchair lifts : Garaventa Lift

(Lift Aids); elevator : Thyssenkrupp; design software : Sketch Up, Revit

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Texas Architect March/April 2011: Workplace Design