This project is the first of a two phase expansion
to the existing Drama Building on Culbreth Road. The new two
story Theater will be partially below grade in the steep
hillside due East of the existing Drama Building and
adjacent to Arts Grounds Parking Garage and Ruffin Hall.
The project will be connected to the existing Culbreth
Theatre lobby and ticketing area. The addition will contain
a 7,000 sf multi-purpose performance and film theatre.
The program includes approximately 4,000 sf of much needed
renovation to the existing lobby and
adjacent ticketing areas currently serving the Culbreth
Theatre. Performance and stage support, storage and restrooms
make up the balance of this 20,540 sf project. The building
will utilize load bearing concrete and masonry as its
principal structural system. The exposed Northern façade of
the Thrust Theatre will consist primarily of structural
curtainwall to maximize daylight and aesthetics associated
with its unique site constraints.