Colorado State University, Lory Theatre Renovation
Fort Collins, Colorado
Square Footage: 19,500
LEED Gold Certified
The Lory Theatre renovation is Phase I of a major renovation and expansion project that will revitalize the Student Center and expand its facilities to meet the growing and changing needs of the University’s students. The theatre serves not only university programs and events, but is also an important resource for the local community.
The renovations have created more than just a theatre. The original 1962 design – fixed, raked seating at main and balcony levels – has been transformed into a highly flexible space, able to accommodate a full range of activities, from concerts, movies, magic shows, lectures, and conferences to ballroom-catered events. The 300-person seating system is one of the first of its kind in the United States; it can be moved or retracted to accommodate a variety of events. A mezzanine level surrounding the space provides additional seating for 150 people.
Updated acoustics, projection capabilities, and lighting were key design considerations. Perimeter wall panels significantly improve acoustics; natural light floods the interior space through a large window above the lobby; energy-efficient LED lights can be individually-controlled or pre-set and are capable of changing to almost any color. The entry has been opened up with views north to the central courtyard. Sculpted wood and metal panels in the lobby reflect the modernist character of the existing building.