By Howard Pousner
Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts plans a renovation of the 20-year-old campus arts venue. Neither a timeline nor a budget has been set, but the Atlanta architectural firm BLDGS will lead the design and is now working through the discovery phase.
The project is expected to include a redesigned lobby area that will boast a lobby stage, permanent concessions area, new box office space and a donor event area. The renovation also will include an outdoor plaza, a new stage lighting system and renovated bathrooms and dressing rooms.
“The renovations will provide a better audience experience and new performance spaces that are appropriate for different types of performing artists,” Ferst director George Thompson said in a statement. “The initial plans are to visually ‘open up’ the building to the campus, and we expect all the changes to greatly expand the functionality of the building.”
The work is expected to take place “when it will have the least impact on public performances,” Ferst marketing director Stephanie Lee said.
The renovation will be funded by private donations, Lee said, adding that fundraising efforts are underway.