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Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTS  |  VISUAL ARTS  |  STUDIO  |  GALLERY SPACE

Our core principle when creating artistic surroundings is to open the imagination of all involved to express artistic freedom and convert thoughts into a creative space. We are inspired by our client’s originality and want to display their abilities in facilities that harness their talents.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

In 1971, the former Loew’s Penn Movie Palace was renovated to become the home of the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as a venue for opera, ballet, and traveling performances.  Under the leadership and vision of Jack Heinz, the 2,750-seat theater became the catalyst for the nationally recognized Pittsburgh Cultural District.  MCF has worked with the hall for over 45 years to provide updates to the facility, including an orchestra pit, support facilities, orchestra shell, renovated lobbies and restrooms, stage rigging and sound systems. Heinz hall is known throughout the world as an amazing symphonic music venue.

TYPE  Renovation

 

SIZE  +125,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

2,750 seats
Grand Lobby
World Class Acoustics 
Garden Plaza

Benedum Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The 2800-seat auditorium, lobby and restroom spaces were all authentically restored, including special new carpets and wall coverings to duplicate the original designs.  Plaster ornamentation, murals, paint colors, and aluminum leaf were all restored to their original glory. To ensure the finest acoustics, a new wooden proscenium was installed within the existing plaster arch that includes sound reflectors, accessible catwalks, and lighting positions.  A new nine-story addition expanded the stage to 114 feet by 86 feet, making it the largest column free stage in the country.  The addition also included dressing rooms, two major rehearsal spaces, office space, and a fully accessible orchestra pit.

TYPE  Restoration

 

SIZE  225,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

2,800-Seat Auditorium
Enhanced Acoustics
Flexible Staging
Rehearsal Spaces
Multi-Purpose Performance Space
Orchestra Pit
Historic Restoration
3rd Largest Stage House In the Country

Sloan Music Center

Davidson College

The 3-level, 11,000 square foot Sloan Music Center was originally built as a library.  In its neoclassical style, two floors had large reading rooms on either side of the central entrance. With an abundance of natural light, these wonderfully large rooms lent themselves perfectly to form the new home for the Music Department.

TYPE  Renovation

 

SIZE  11,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Private Practice Rooms
Studios
Offices
Recital Hall
Classrooms

Performing Arts Center

Seton Hill University

The Performing Arts Center is a showplace and academic facility, designed to house Seton Hill University’s programs in theater and music.  The project incorporated principles of environmentally conscious “green” design, state-of-the-art theatrical technology and a contextual exterior design that took “cues” from the surrounding late 1800s early 1900s buildings. The project was a catalyst in the revitalization of downtown Greensburg, PA.

TYPE  New Construction

 

SIZE  75,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

450-seat Concert Hall
Large Rehearsal Room
Flexible Theater
Faculty Offices
Computer/ Piano Lab
Urban Renewal

Duke Family Performance Hall

Davidson College

The theatre addition includes a full height
stagehouse with state-of-the-art technology to compliment an intimate 600+ seat auditorium that opens directly off the atrium on three levels. The Performance Hall accommodates a wide variety of dance, drama, and music performances, as well as lectures, symposium and other events.

TYPE  New Construction

 

SIZE  56,000 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

+600-seat Theater
Full Height Stagehouse
State-of-the-Art RIgging & Lighting Systems Orchestra Pit with Lift
Adjustable Height Proscenium

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