Photo credit: Gabriel Benzur Photography, 2005
- Location: Atlanta, GA
- Building type(s): Commercial office, Assembly
- 70% new construction, 30% renovation of a 1934 building
- 17,900 ft2 (1,660 m2)
- Project scope: 3-story building
- Urban setting
- Completed December 2004
Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Silver (37 points)
Theatrical Outfit is a 29-year-old professional, nonprofit theater group in Atlanta, Georgia. For years, the organization staged productions in Georgia State University's Rialto Center. In December 2004, Theatrical Outfit moved into its own home at 84 Luckie Street. Named for the lead donors, Bill and Peg Balzer, and the rehabilitated historic building that it occupies, Herren's Restaurant, Theatrical Outfit's new home is an intimate, state-of-the art theater, designed for, owned, and managed by the company.
The theater seats between 180 and 250 people, depending on the performance configuration. Extensive structural modifications transformed the existing building to create performance and rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, and offices.
Theatrical Outfit wished to contribute to the rebirth of downtown Atlanta with a new performance venue. After considering several locations, the group settled on what was once the home of Herren's Restaurant, a historically significant site that operated from 1934 until 1987.
The adaptive reuse of a historic structure in an urban setting and the implementation of innovative design features led to a Silver LEED certification in late 2005.
The theater building, accessible by public transit, features bicycle storage and shower and changing facilities for bicycle commuters. A 5,250-gallon tank stores rainwater for use in flushing toilets. Along with waterless urinals, low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, and sensor-controlled faucets, this strategy reduces the project's potable water use by more than half.
The project was designed to use more than 25% less energy than a comparable, conventional structure. Energy-reducing strategies include improved insulation, new windows, daylighting, demand-controlled ventilation, and efficient electric lighting.
Materials were selected for their low chemical emissions, recycled content, and regional availability. More than 75% of the construction waste, by weight, was diverted from the landfill.
Owner & Occupancy
- Owned and occupied by Theatrical Outfit, Corporation, nonprofit
- Typically occupied by 14 people, 30 hours per person per week; and 5,250 visitors per week, 2 hours per visitor per week
Mechanical systems, Restrooms, Office, Lobby/reception, Public assembly
Integrated team, Design charrette, Green framework, Simulation, Performance measurement and verification, Operations and maintenance, Transportation benefits, Water harvesting, Efficient fixtures and appliances, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, Benign materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, C&D waste management, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Low-emitting materials, Indoor air quality monitoring