Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne is seeking an architect to revamp its iconic Louis Kahn-designed theatre
The appointed team will produce concept designs and cost estimates to restore the 1973 Indiana landmark – now known as the Arts United Centre – and improve pedestrian connections across its surrounding campus.
According to the contract notice: ‘The Arts United Centre is in need of substantial updates and repair in order to achieve heightened goals for patron experience, handicap accessibility, user experience and theatrical production.’
The document continued: ‘Consultants must have experience developing high quality designs and drawings. The design should serve as an example of a 21st century, world class public space worthy of national recognition.’
The building – formerly known as the Fine Arts Foundation Civic Centre – is permanent home to Indiana’s Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Fort Wayne Youtheatre.
Inspired by a violin inside a case, the 660-seat venue – constructed from brick, concrete and oak – was Khan’s only theatre and opened one year before the RIBA gold medallist died.
Planned improvements to the surrounding arts campus include new pedestrian links to nearby Barr Street and the city’s proposed riverfront promenade.
An outdoor viewing screen for performances and artistic installations surrounding Freimann Square may also be delivered.
International bidders must partner with a local firm. The deadline for applications is 1 April.
How to apply
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