Robert Frost Auditorium, Culver City Unified School District
Culver City, Calif.
Award of Merit
Owner: Culver City Unified School District
General Contractor: Harris & Associates
General Contractor/Construction Manager: Balfour Beatty PLC
Lead Design Firm: Hodgetts + Fung
After a complete modernization, the Robert Frost Auditorium is now one of the largest theaters on the west side of Los Angeles. New features include updated HVAC, theater lighting, automated rigging, a new state-of-the-art control booth and new sound panels.
Because of the complexity of the facility, the team used BIM to help crews working in tight spaces install such elements as the stage rigging, lighting, HVAC systems and the catwalk, which were tied together. A highlight of the auditorium is its sweeping,100-ft-long, steel-plate arch that supports new catwalks and lighting positions and minimizes loads on the existing concrete shell.