They chose the architect based on key goals and objectives for the space, and for the partnership they have had with Pelli Clarke Pelli, and the many performing arts centers they have been a part of, including the Dayton OH PAC which was one of the directors that came to the presentation at the library last year. It was mentioned before they announced the architect team that one of the major reasons they picked HKS is because the had a vision for Regent St, that would transform it into a thriving part of downtown, I was particulary excited to hear that.
HKS expects the design to be done in about a year. It is going to be a very open to the public process, they will have three public forums during the design phase. Layton Construction will be the primary contractor on the project.
They had a perfomance by Elphaba with from the current Wicked tour. What a great voice and damn, she's pretty cute.
To bad I'm not more connected to the art scene.
I pulled Kyle Lamalfa aside after the official presentation, he is a Council Member and Chairman of the RDA Board. The site plan on one of the Layton boards showed the Montgomery Ward/Bennion Jeweler building as not part of the theater plan, and another rendering included it. I asked him if that was because that was where the planned tower would be located. He confirmed that they are wanting a tower to be built there, but if that isn't going to happen he mentioned a tower being built next to Harmons. He said they are working to get a developer on board for the tower on Bennion location, because that is a key part of the financing for the theater. They still don't officially own any of the parcels, but that is obviously just a formality. I asked about Hamilton Partners being the tower developer, and he said they are in talks with several different organizations.
It was kind of funny, yet not very promising, as I walked away he said, in a joking tone "If you have a bunch of money to build a tower, come talk to us."