While renovation plans move forward steadily, it will be several weeks before Petra Construction, the general contractors on the project, begin improvements in the lobby space. With pleated wood walls, a luminous red resin bar, polished concrete floors, and ample natural light, the newly redesigned lobby will refine the industrial aesthetic already present at the site, said architect Rick Wies.
The exterior design, while keeping with the overall ambience of the Food Terminal property, tries to cultivate the excitement of attending live performance. “It is a significant calling card. It is our front door,” Wies said. “It will be a good deal more polished. The addition to the lobby will have plenty of glass and lighting and features that are appropriate gestures for the entrance to a theatre and entertainment.”
Wies believes that the redesign of the exterior and the lobby will allow the focus to remain on the productions while allowing patrons to retain creature comforts.