Warfel Construction is delighted to partner with the Fulton Theatre on their Breakthrough Performance campaign. This renovation and expansion project will provide additional actor housing, improved and expanded rehearsal space, a larger backstage, and additional restrooms and event space and will be completed in phases. Warfel has been working in preconstruction with the Fulton and the design team since March of 2017 and also performed stage rigging work during the summer of 2018.
Project highlights include:
Improved Gathering Spaces
- Improve audience experience before, during and after the shows with a new, expanded lobby space.
- Provide for additional special event opportunities and community partnerships.
Improved Restroom Facilities
- Increase the number of restrooms by more than 80%.
- Addition of family bathrooms.
- Update to the electrical system and digital mechanics in the existing elevator.
- Add a new elevator to improve access to the Tell Studio Theatre.
Improved HVAC Systems
- Provide back-up redundancy.
- Create zone heating and cooling to address varying temperatures in large audience areas.
Backstage Right Expansion
- Allow for actor staging and set storage – key to producing more than one main-stage show at a time.
- Eliminate the current dependency on external storage for set pieces.
Rehearsal Studio Addition
- Create the ability to rehearse large-scale, Broadway-style shows.
- Give actors the opportunity to rehearse with sets and props.
- Provide flexibility to rehearse one show during the day and perform a different show in the evening, decreasing the dark periods between shows
Stage Equipment and Prep Area Updates
- Improve the rigging (used to fly scenery), lightning and sound systems that will allow the Fulton Theatre to produce shows at a competitive level with other modern theatre companies.
- Improve existing dressing rooms and green rooms, as well as create dressing rooms for 4th floor Tell Studio Theatre
Updates to King Street Streetscape
- Renovate buildings to include the original appearance of red bricks and cornices.
- Be used for artist housing.
- Encourage business activity that attracts pedestrian interest.
Warfel completed the Fulton’s last major construction project in 1995.