Cultural destination | Cultural Center at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Mass.

Cultural destination | Cultural Center at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Mass.

The Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, Mass., has a new facility that will make it a destination for premier performances.

The Cultural Center at Eagle Hill houses the Abby Theatre, a 457-seat proscenium theater that features high-end acoustical sound and stage communication systems, a green room and dressing rooms for performers, a cinema-quality projection system, wireless microphones, and a steeply raked house that enables patrons to become part of the performance.

Among other performance areas, the Kresge Studio Theatre stands out as a flexible space that uses portable risers, an overhead grid theatrical lighting system, and a catwalk system on all walls that can be used for technical and theatrical purposes.

The 43,000-square-foot cultural center also includes a 500-seat dining and function hall, art exhibition spaces, classrooms and computer labs for visual and graphic arts, a music classroom and recording studio, a 2,000-square-foot woodshop, 900 square feet of art studio space, reception areas, and an outdoor patio and amphitheater.

The architect is Lamoureux Pagano Associates, Architects (Worcester, Mass.). Consigli Construction Co., Inc., (Milford, Mass.) is the construction manager.

Start: August 2007
Completion: August 2008
Project area: 43,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $15 million

TAGS: Construction
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