Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Because $6 million in anticipated federal tax credits failed to come through this year, Salt Lake County and Ballet West are rethinking how they will fund a $33.4 million project to renovate the Capitol Theatre and develop a new building housing Ballet West and its dance academy, adjacent to the theater. Rendering courtesy of Salt Lake County Center for the Arts
Design of Capitol Theatre addition wows council

Ballet West’s new digs can change colors to match performance.

First Published Jul 11 2012 06:21 pm • Last Updated Oct 30 2012 11:32 pm

Architect Brian Junge hardly could have asked for a better reaction when his design for the downtown Capitol Theatre/Ballet West cooperative venture was unveiled to the Salt Lake County Council.

"It’s so outstanding. This will be fabulous," gushed County Councilman Randy Horiuchi, adding "the county has had a bad reputation for architecture. Between Viridian [Event Center and library in West Jordan] and this, it turns that around."

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

What particularly impressed Horiuchi on Tuesday was a metal panel that wraps around the front and west sides of the glassy, five-story Jessie Eccles Quinney Center for Dance, future home to Ballet West and its dance academy.

"Unlike many buildings, it doesn’t sit static," said Junge, design director for HKS Architects. "The metal panels have a lighting system behind them so if there’s a new event, or if, say, ‘Wicked’ comes to town, the lighting will change continuously. The lights can turn the building green or red."

To Horiuchi, "the illuminated side paneling is unbelievable."

For Shari Quinney, chairwoman of Ballet West’s campaign to raise money for the project, the design "makes me very proud. My grandmother’s name is on it, so it has to be really good."

Ballet West and the county are teaming up on a $33.4 million undertaking to renovate the historic Capitol Theatre and to build the Center for Dance immediately west of it.

The facilities will be connected at 14 points on multiple floors, by elevators as well as staircases, helping the Capitol Theatre to comply with access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

They also will be linked by an open lobby, twice the size of the cramped quarters in the existing theater, and lighted by additional ornamental chandeliers. The conjoined operation will have refreshment stands at two levels and more than double the theater’s restroom capacity, said Phil Jordan, director of the county’s Center for the Arts.

Junge’s design also provides a lane north of the building for dance academy students to be dropped off and picked up, a necessity given plans to increase the number of dancers (up to perhaps 600) who receive training.


story continues below
story continues below

Fifth-floor windows will offer street-level views of those dancers going through their paces, Jordan said. Another feature being rounded into shape is a rooftop terrace that could be rented out.

With the design in place, a November groundbreaking is expected. Phase one of Capitol Theatre renovations is projected to begin in June, after "Jersey Boys" closes, and to wrap up 140 days later when "The Nutracker" opens Dec. 1, 2013.

Jordan said this schedule should make the project eligible to receive $6 million in new market tax credits, critical funding to supplement equal matches of $13.4 million by the county and Ballet West.

He also hopes to secure another $2 million in federal historic tax credits to complete the financial package.

mikeg@sltrib.comTwitter: @sltribmikeg



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.