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The Lobero Theatre is located in the historic core of downtown Santa Barbara and was designed by George Washington Smith, often referred to as the father of the Spanish Revival style in California. The project focused on restoring the interiors of this historic landmark constructed in 1922. Improvements to the acoustics were integrated with the existing interiors; restrooms were expanded and brought up to meet accessibility codes; and the seating was replaced with historical reproductions that meet today’s requirements of size, spacing, and comfort. This much beloved building is an important part of Santa Barbara’s history and everyone involved worked toward restoring and respecting the artistic quality found in buildings designed by George Washington Smith.
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The Marjorie Luke Theatre project comprised the renovation of a 1930’s auditorium at Santa Barbara Junior High School. The building is a designated historical landmark in the Spanish Colonial style. The new tiled foyer was carved out of the back of the original auditorium to include ticket booths and a central gathering area. The selection of tile at the new foyer was sensitive to the existing historic tiles used throughout the campus that are listed with the Tile Heritage Foundation. Refurbishment of the original wood theater seats includes adding upholstery and refinishing the wood and metal parts. A newly sloped concrete floor provides full ADA accessibility and a lift to the stage was included that does not interrupt any of the original decorative elements. State of the art theatrical equipment has been added with minimal impact to the existing interior design.
University of California Santa Barbara - Embarcadero Hall
This former banking facility and nightclub, was completely renovated to current use as a multi-media lecture hall, computer drop-in center, tutorial classrooms and office space. The previous vault space was converted into the art department’s storage area for their valuable collections. The programming of this building required the consensus planning of six UC departments sharing this facility. The exterior spaces and plaza were designed to connect with the neighboring community park and accommodate pedestrian and bicycle circulation. Colorful, durable, and environmentally responsible materials were used when possible and appropriate. Despite tight budgetary restrictions, all programming needs were successfully implemented into the project.
Evergreen College - Auditorium
The 6,072 square foot lecture hall building composed of two lecture rooms is providing flexible room configurations; the two lecture rooms have the capability of combining to form one large hall. The lecture hall building materials, selected for acoustical properties, include concrete masonry walls, curved glass reinforced gypsum ceiling panels, and a roof of metal standing seam.
Santa Barbara City College - Jurkowitz Theater
An existing black box theatre was remodeled to improve its function, aesthetics and comfort. A new orientation and addition of an entry vestibule gave the theatre a more prominent identity within the existing Drama Music Complex. The addition of an acoustic sliding door provides easy access from the scene shop to stage area. The number one request from subscribers was to provide comfortable seating; this was accomplished with new upholstered theatre seats arranged to provide optimum viewing angles, meet ADA requirements and provide easy access for the entire audience. A privately funded project, KBZ worked closely with theatre staff and the donor to help provide a flexible, 2500 square foot, 106 seat theatre now in use for productions, student directed shows and acting classes.
SBUSD San Marcos High School - Auditorium Renovation
Originally constructed in 1958, the remodel of this Auditorium commenced in February 2003. The building was brought up to meet life safety codes, made ADA accessible, and improvements made to the interiors, acoustics, theatrical lighting and rigging. As the Auditorium previously had an institutional look and feel, the requirement to abate asbestos in the plaster was taken as an opportunity to improve the aesthetics and acoustics of the space. Curved side walls were added to enhance the acoustics, add visual interest, and provide space for theatrical lightning. The Theater seating has been fully refurbished with upholstery added. The ticket booth faced in glass mosaic tile, is ADA accessible and serves as a way to identify the entrance.