Tobin Center for the Performing Arts: Construction Time Lapse

Marmon Mok, in association with LMN Architects, is providing architectural services for the renovation and expansion of the 1920’s era Municipal Auditorium into a “world class” performing arts center.

This time lapse video, taken from the Marmon Mok offices, goes through demolition and construction from July 2011 to May 2013.

The design retains the façade elements, public entrance, and primary circulation of this historic landmark and completely replaces the interior auditorium structure with a multi-purpose performance hall that will serve the symphony, ballet, opera, touring productions and a wide variety of community events. The new plan is a juxtaposition of new and old elements which captures space for a 250 seat, studio theatre and the main hall which provides seating for over 1,750 patrons.

The exterior of the Tobin will be enwrapped with a sweeping metallic veil to unite the disparate volumetric parts into a distinctive visual composition. Exterior lighting will animate the new skin and softly illuminate the rhythmic, detailed articulation of the historic façade. Through innovative uses of materials, adjustable acoustics, lighting and color, the mood of the space will be changeable to adapt to artistic spirit and technical need of various performance events.

The Performing Arts Center is sited on the banks of the San Antonio Riverwalk. A new plaza will cascade from street level down to the Riverwalk and a 500 seat outdoor theatre.

As of June 2013, construction for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is 60% complete with steel erection and concrete placement finished. Current activity is focused on installing the building’s temporary roofing and completing the exterior skin with insulated metal panels so the interior finish work can begin in June. On the interior, wall framing, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing work are ongoing, with the framing of the lobby’s undulating feature wall being the most visually notable item currently being framed. The auditorium is filled with scaffolding floor to ceiling and work on the finishes and balcony fronts have begun. Cleaning and repair of the historic façade of the building will take approximately five months to complete.

Architect: LMN/Marmon Mok Architecture
Construction Manager: Linbeck/Zachry
Owner’s Representative: The Projects Group
Theater Consultant: Fisher Dachs & Associates
Acoustical Consultant: Akustiks
Civil Engineers: Pape Dawson Engineers
Interior Design and Graphics: Sussman/Prejza
Structural Engineers: Walter P. Moore/Alpha Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineers: Timmons Design Engineers/Goetting and Associates
Cost Consultant: Venue
Telecom/Security: Sparling
Architectural Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden
Building Envelope: Front
Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates
Historic Preservation: Fisher Heck Architects
Code Consultant: Rolf Jensen & Associates
ADA Consultant: Access by Design, Inc.
Food Service Design: Ricca Newmark Design

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