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Harper Joy Theatre

Project Info

Whitman College
Walla Walla, Washington
9,500 sf addition / 26,000 sf renovation
Completed in 2011

The Harper Joy Theatre renovation and addition transforms the building into a prominent theatre facility that welcomes the Whitman College community. Prior to the renovation and addition, the main entrance to the theatre was difficult to find and uninviting. By wrapping the exterior façade in warm materials and creating a new open and airy entrance and lobby along a key campus pedestrian thoroughfare, the Harper Joy Theatre has a stronger presence and a greater connection to the campus.

Added program areas include a new 2,340 sf black box theatre, faculty offices, a costume shop, and a significant addition to the lobby. In order to address outdated and inefficient systems, the renovated building includes all new mechanical and electrical systems, as well as substantial production rigging upgrades to the existing 315-seat theatre.