Conrad Prebys Theatre Centre at the Old Globe – Balboa Park, San Diego, California
This complete makeover for the heavily used plaza at the famous Old Globe Theatre in San Diego’s Balboa Park included re-grading and re-design of the existing plaza to accommodate increased use and accessibility, concurrent with the new, state of the art Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, a 20-million dollar replacement of the old Cassius Carter Theatre. Demolition began in July of 2008 and construction was completed in December of 2009. During large events, the plaza is filled with over 1500 people.
Design work included granite paving, interlocking pavers and high quality, sand-finished concrete in a radiating pattern. The plaza includes an outdoor dining pavilion and trellis, banquette seating, bronze inlay, lighting, audio-visual hook-ups, landscape planting, irrigation and site furnishings.
The grade in the middle of the plaza was dropped 21 inches to improve the sense of arrival from Balboa Park’s Prado. David Reed Landscape Architects was heavily involved throughout the entire project, including construction.
Approvals for the project were required from several jurisdictional groups and agencies, at the Federal and local levels.
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