RKA celebrates with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) the successful completion of the renovation of the Loge, Mezzanine, and Balcony seating areas in the historic Ohio Theatre. The goal of the renovation project was to improve patron safety and comfort while maintaining the architectural, acoustical, and theatrical integrity of the landmark theatre. RKA studied various options for revisions to the cross aisles, stepped aisles, and the seating configuration in the Loge, and the installation of custom designed handrails, guardrails, and hand holds in the Loge, Mezzanine and Balcony. Utilizing 3D computer modeling, RKA modeled all of the new handrails, guardrails and hand holds and confirmed that the sightlines in the theatre are maintained.
By abstracting the profiles of various components of the theatre’s original railings, RKA created new custom designed steel handrails, guardrails and hand holds which were fabricated with steel plates to create a modern, code compliant, and economical solution. Modifications were made to the sloped and warped concrete flooring areas and new carpeting was installed. In addition to the improved safety for theatre patrons, the project resulted in the addition of ten new seats in the center of the Loge. Thanks to Construction Systems, Inc. and CAPA for another great collaboration on this successful project.