Arena Stage


Arena Stage, a center for American theatre in Washington, DC, plays an important role in the cultural fabric of the nation’s capital. Since 1950, Arena Stage has put on critically acclaimed performances, and its influence continues to grow.

The Mead Center for American Theater, sponsor of the Arena Stage, enlisted the help of Southland to provide design-build mechanical, plumbing and controls services for Arena Stage within its three distinctive theaters. Specifically, Southland completely renovated the existing Kreeger and Fichandler Theaters, and designed and built the new oval-shaped Kogod Cradle Theater.


The Southland team worked diligently around the unique 45-foot high and 585-foot long glass curtain wall that encapsulates the three theaters indoors and under one all-encompassing roof. Southland created customized air distribution solutions for each theater’s seating and stage unit to maximize audience comfort and save energy during performance rehearsals. Strategic coordination of these air handling units and other equipment such as boilers, chillers, cooling towers, fan-powered induction units, humidifiers, pumps and electric unit heaters proved critical.


The team successfully delivered innovative and comprehensive engineering design-build-maintain solutions for the performing arts center, despite several unique challenges. The mechanical design significantly reduced project costs, and enabled delivery of a superior building and an entire project under budget. Southland continues to remain responsible for maintenance within the busy facility today.

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