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New Agua Caliente theater complete

Construction was completed in May for the 2,000-plus seat headliner theater, The Show, at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, located at 232-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.

In addition to providing the programming, design and construction documents, San Diego-based Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker provided the construction administration for the $64 million project.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) is the developer, with Rob Donnels as executive director of construction.

The primary purpose for the approximately 91,000-square-foot space is to serve as a headliner "showroom" venue for musical acts. However, it is also designed to accommodate boxing, ultimate fighting championship events, fashion shows and banquet dining.

The venue, accessible via the casino, includes multi-level seating areas, VIP box suites and lounges, multiple bars and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Back-of-house functions include dressing rooms, green rooms and house management offices.

Additionally, the project incorporates the construction of a 10,000-square-foot warehouse to support hotel and casino operations, linked to the hotel via a 500-foot-long underground tunnel.

M. Andrew Rodrigues and Michael Asaro were principals-in-charge for the architect.

Also part of the design team were Clayton Herndon as project manager, and Karyn Rovner Sklar as lead interior designer. The Penta Building Group was the general contractor.

Engineering consultants included GSSI for structural, MSA Engineering for electrical and mechanical, JeHN Engineering for civil, and Rothermel & Associates, LLC was the acoustical engineer. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander was the theater designer.

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