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DPR completes improvements to The Old Globe

DPR Construction recently completed construction of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center for The Old Globe in Balboa Park.

The $22 million project included a 250-seat theater, education center and an outdoor restaurant and plaza.

The centerpiece of the building is the 300,000-square-foot Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which replaces the Cassius Carter Centre Stage.

The theater was designed to be intimate, with every seat less than 12 feet from the fully trapped stage. The theater features two stage-level entrances, excellent acoustics and plush seating. The facility also includes dressing rooms and a green room for the Old Globe’s three theaters, as well as ground support space and a renovated lobby area.

The exterior of the building was designed to match the Elizabethan architectural style of The Old Globe’s main stage and outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

The Conrad Prebys Theatre Center also features a 6,200-square-foot community education center, 2,000-square-foot multipurpose facility where classes, rehearsals and lectures will be hosted and a newly designed pub and pavilion. Improvements were also made to the 14,000-square-foot Copley Plaza.

“DPR was proud to be a part of The Old Globe project because it is one of San Diego’s most celebrated landmarks,” said Ross Brown, a project manager for DPR Construction in a statement. “The new center will create a better experience for theater guests and provide The Old Globe’s staff with much needed training facilities. We believe The Old Globe’s patrons will appreciate the classics and new works in the beautiful, high-tech space.”

Construction began in June 2008 and the grand opening of the building took place in December 2009. The Old Globe will celebrate its 75th anniversary in June.

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