Downey & Scott performed cost estimating and cost control services for this new 55,000 GSF library and theatre located in the urban setting of Shirlington. This facility is the new home of the Signature Theater and the Arlington County Public Library.
The first floor of the building houses the Shirlington Branch of the Arlington County Public Library. The upper three floors house the theater. The complex has an industrial decor, with exposed particle board, pipes and metal sheeting. It includes two state-of-the-art black box theaters. The larger seats 275, and can expand to accommodate 350 patrons. The smaller can hold 99 patrons.
In addition to the two performance spaces, the complex contains a spacious lobby, meeting rooms, three rehearsal spaces, four individual dressing rooms, three shared dressing rooms, three showers, a cast greenroom, a separate orchestra greenroom, three kitchen areas, scene, prop, and costume shops.
The Theatre is especially well known for its productions of Broadway-quality musicals and new plays performed in an intimate space. The Signature Theatre has staged 38 world premiere productions.