Original plans for the Stuhr Building were designed by renowned architect, Edward Durrell Stone. During the initial construction many features were replaced by more affordable options. This restoration provided the design team an opportunity to reinstate elements of Stone’s original design that presented the clean, sleek, and open aesthetic he intended.
Alvine Engineering assisted the museum with master planning in 2008 and was part of the design team for the facility’s renovation. This project replaced the 2-story, 28,000-square-foot building’s HVAC, plumbing, power, lighting, fire suppression systems, and restored the building façade.
Alvine Engineering engaged with the architect during the earliest programming and conceptual design stages to integrate the building systems with unique architecture while supporting the varied needs of a performance space. Hancher includes a large 1,900-seat, multi-purpose proscenium theater, front-of-house and back-of-house support spaces, rehearsal room, and administrative offices.