The University of Northwestern’s Beverly & John Lord Knight Performance Hall and Lobby (formerly Maranatha Performance Hall) was remodeled, expanded, and updated with contemporary and technologically advanced features. Located on the St. Paul campus, the facility features an expanded front lobby, renovated performance hall, and modernized accents, creating an experience that rivals the performances it hosts.
The 27,500-square-foot project renovation began with gutting the hall. Workers powered through nearly 22 feet of underground soil, solid stone, and concrete to install a state-of-the-art orchestra pit lift. Other improvements included the installation of a new sound system, intelligent light fixtures, and a fully equipped video control and editing room. The renovation also involved emptying the lower level of the stage area to make room for a new costume/changing room, offices, and an accessible ramp for the orchestra pit. New acoustical wood wall paneling and more than 1,400 theatre seats were added.
PCL then went to work during the night to extend the lobby, providing room for its 12 vaulted, 13-foot-tall, pivoting glass doors, a feature that extends the beauty of the campus greenery into the building. The new lobby welcomes theatregoers into an inviting reception area showcasing LED-accented lights within the clouded ceilings, along with 10,500 square feet of Italian tile with in-floor heating, ten decorative glass-blown chandeliers, two gas fireplaces, and 2,800 square feet of custom wood wall paneling.