Santa Monica College’s New Eco-Conscious Theater Complex

Santa Monica College will unveil its new Performing Arts Center on September 20 with a gala opening featuring chanteuse Barbara Cook.  The Center is comprised of the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, a 499-seat theater, and the Edye Second Space, a 99-seat black box.  Although it does not appear that the College aimed for a fully green building or LEED accreditation, the Broad Stage incorporates some green elements, such as building elements constructed with sustainably-grown Honduran mahogany, HVAC systems located beneath the floor rather than above (which makes for a more efficient overall system as well as greater audience comfort), and a lobby ventilated by outside air. More information on the Center’s environmental attributes will be posted here as it becomes available. Link: The Jewish Journal, “Premier Theater Complex Blossoms of West Side”, by Tom Teicholz, 9/10/08

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