Raymond F. Kravis Centre for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach Florida
Located on a prominent 5.4 acre site, the exterior of this 200,500 square foot facility features a vast bi-level copper roof while the interior has a 45-foot high glass-walled lobby with a white marble grand stair case to the upper tiers. With a total of three performance spaces, the main theatre is the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall that has 2,195-seats on five levels, the flexible 289-seat Rinker Playhouse, the 170-seat Helen K. Persson Hall and a 100-foot high dome ceiling, and can accommodate any type of presentation. A conventional horseshoe-shaped hall was modified to improve sight-lines and acoustics. Kravis Center now became a major new cultural facility in Palm Beach County.
Located in West Palm Beach, the award-winning Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts was designed with a reinforced concrete audience chamber, with structural steel trusses traversing the ceiling.
The stage house was designed with structural steel with a conventional overhead loft-block system and provisions for winch systems mounted on the fly grid below.
Quinn Dressel Associates were awarded the 1997 Florida Design Arts Award, in recognition of design excellence for the Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
Photo Courtesy of Zeidler Partnership Architects, Tom Arban Photographer