Pantages Theater Historic Renovation Phase 1

Korsmo Construction was hired by Tacoma Arts Live (formerly Broadway Center for the Performing Arts) to complete significant and complex renovations to allow the historic Pantages Theater to continue its longstanding contribution to Northwest performing arts.

The Pantages is one of the oldest theaters in Tacoma’s Historic Theater District. The major structural renovation of the early 19th century building involved significant expansion of the usable stage space, as well as demolition and replacement of structural roof supports. Temporary construction included extensively phased access scaffolding and engineered shoring to carry the 375,000 lb. roof load and 100,000 lb. new structure load during concrete curing. This all was made additionally challenging by the limited stage footprint and the construction of a 100,000 lb. concrete beam poured-in-place 80 feet above the theater’s stage. A remodeled backstage area features increased storage and new star dressing rooms, allowing for quieter, more efficient backstage operations.

The increased usable space onstage will allow the Pantages Theater to host shows of a wider variety and greater scale, attracting more patrons to the area. On opening night the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performed the first concert on the renovated stage, filling the entire theater for a sold-out performance conducted by internationally recognized Music Director, Sarah Ioannides. The improved structural safety of the stage area is another big achievement in this phase of construction.

“They are smart and creative in their problem solving, always challenging the design team to find the best solution that will deliver high-functioning and cost-effective venues.”

— David Fischer, Executive Director, Tacoma Arts Live

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