Thursday, February 28, 2008

Orchestra Pit Lift

The crew from Gala Systems out of Quebec begins installing the motors for the pit lift. At its lowest position, the lift will create a level playing area for the orchestra. When raised, it will extend the front of the stage.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Decorative Painting

Members of the decorative painting crew begin work on the walls and ceilings in the lobby.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Robin Cote, field superintendent for Willis A. Smith Construction, does some touch up to the walled over construction entrance onto stage.

One of the construction crew works in the new cross under hallway under the stage. The new trap in the center of the stage can be seen above him.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Orchestra Pit

Lead architect Killis Almond (center), makes a first inspection of the new expanded orchestra pit under the stage just after the removal of the temporary struts. With him are representatives from contractor Willis A. Smith Construction and subcontractor Dolphin Innovations.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

All Steel Crew

The crew from All Steel Construction, who spent months rebuilding the balcony structure, takes a short break from work for a celebratory photo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pit and Stage

Lifts work throughout the theater as work begins on the freshly poured stage. Temporary supports for the stage can be seen in the orchestra pit.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Exterior Painting

One of the painting crew carefully re-attaches the 'Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard' lettering.

The painting crew does final touch-ups around the Opera House windows.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Welding - Video

Welders work on the stage and the balcony to prepare the new control booth on stage, and the lighting rail on the front of the balcony.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Finishing Touches

One of the construction crew works on staining trim for the third floor Founder's Lounge dinning room.

One of the decorative painters works on an early paint sample on a wall in the lobby.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lifts in the Theater

Lifts are used in the theater, to plaster, paint, and do electrical work.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Even T. Collinsworth

Longtime Opera supporter Even T. Collinsworth takes a tour of the construction site with Director of Development Melissa Burtless.

Exterior Painting

Various areas of the theater fly tower get a fresh coat of paint.

Friday, February 8, 2008


Two construction workers ride a lift on the far side of the theater

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Steel Work Above the Stage - Video

Large scaffolding is setup and moved around stage to work on reinforcing the steel structure above the stage. Rigging equipment which is used to life lights and scenery will be mounted off of the steel structure.

Alisa and Ernest Kretzmer

Executive Director Susan Danis finishes a tour of the construction site with patrons Alisa and Ernest Kretzmer.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


A view up the lobby atrium, which is draped in plastic as painting goes on on the second floor.

Monday, February 4, 2008


The crew goes to work putting the new terracotta tiles on the roof of the Opera House.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Open Door

Looking through an open doorway on to the second floor of the Opera House.