Grand Junction, Colorado
In June 2010, Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) completed a master plan for the Avalon Theatre, originally constructed in 1923. The plan's primary focus was to improve the theatre in order to accommodate the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and to identify potential alternative programming options and strategic partnership opportunities with regional arts and cultural groups. The project also included market analysis and development of a business plan completed by AMS Planning & Research. WRL identified $10.5 million of improvements with a phased implementation.
WRL was retained March 2012 to design a modified project scope with further implementation pending private fundraising. The scope of the project encompasses an 11,950 SF addition that will include expanded lobbies on all floors, a multi-purpose room (with state-of-the-art digital film capabilities), new elevator, and additional restrooms and concessions. The project also involves renovation of the audience chamber and the addition of variable acoustics, as well as full ADA compliance and upgrading the HVAC and electrical systems throughout the theatre. A planned future phase includes a covered rooftop terrace, an expansion of the stage house and loading area as well as new dressing rooms, greenroom, catering and storage.