$12M PLU performing arts center renovation complete

Tacoma-based Korsmo Construction recently completed the final phase of the renovation of historic Eastvold Hall on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University to include the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The $12 million, 46,000 square foot project included restoration of the building within its existing footprint, with expanded lobby and gallery spaces, elevator access to all floors, classrooms, music practice rooms and enhanced support and offices for the Department of Theatre. Extensive seismic and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access upgrades were also performed.

The fully refurbished auditorium includes 680 new theater style seats with improved sightlines and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Douglas fir wall panels that are both decorative and functional provide acoustic qualities that add to the high quality of the performance space. The project, which was designed and constructed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, utilized lumber milled from trees sourced on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.

Korsmo Construction is a general building contracting company that has served the Pacific Northwest since 1948. Projects in Tacoma and Pierce County include the University of Washington Tacoma’s William W. Philip Assembly Hall, Russel T. Joy Building, and Tioga Library Building; Steilacoom High School; Pacific Lutheran University’s Martin J. Neeb Center; and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

More information is available online at korsmo.com.

Pacific Lutheran University's Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. (PHOTO COURTESY KORSMO CONSTRUCTION)

Pacific Lutheran University’s Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. (PHOTO COURTESY KORSMO CONSTRUCTION)