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Robert Frost Auditorium Project Team

Hsinming Fung – Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung

Craig Hodgetts – Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung

Darin Vieira – Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung

Owner / Client
Robert Quinn – Culver City Unified School District

Electrical Engineer
Kenneth Lucci – Lucci & Associates

Theatre Consultant
Michael Ferguson – TheatreDNA

Acoustic Engineer
David Conant – Mckay Conant Hoover, Inc.

Mechanical Engineer
Mark Berg – The Sullivan Partnership

Structural Engineer
Tom Nishi – Englekirk Structural Engineering

Structural Engineer
Mitchel Le Heux – Englekirk Structural Engineering

Timothy Larose – Hughes Associates

Mark Madison – Energy Code Works, Inc.

Thomas Mitze – Mitze Productions

Value Engineer
Jacqueline Chan – Cumming, LLC.

Bond Manager
Chris Dunne – Harris & Associates

Construction Manager
Trevor Perry – Balfour Beatty Construction

Robert Frost Auditorium

The Robert Frost Auditorium is the winner of a 2020 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. The Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at an online awards ceremony. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About this project

Constructed in 1963, Robert Frost Auditorium had lain fallow for many years. Beloved by student performers despite the challenges of mounting a show, the unique sculptural concrete building had not kept pace with demands for theater technology and audience expectations. After an intensive dialogue with faculty, students and theater experts, a plan was proposed to exploit the theatrical potential of the building while honoring its architectural legacy.

To preserve and celebrate the existing structure, each element of the design was subject to careful consideration. With a radically reconceived HVAC system, it was possible to free back-of-house spaces from the constrictive radial geometry, adding a new black box space, expanding the scene shop and accessible dressing rooms. In the auditorium, a sculptural steel arch spans the main stage, supporting catwalks and stage machinery necessary to transform the Frost Auditorium into an innovative, modern theater.