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Ionization Units, UV Lights, and Hands-free Devices will Create a Safer Facility for All
The City of Lawrenceville is has made considerable progress in its construction of the $35 million Expanded Performing Arts Center on the downtown square, located directly across the street from the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse. The 56,000 square-foot facility, will be the expanded home of the Aurora Theatre. In an effort to provide a safer and healthier environment to future patrons, the City has made a significant investment in facility upgrades to improve air quality, offer hands-free devices, create a safe physical environment, and provide appropriate sanitizing equipment for patrons, performers and staff.
“I am very grateful to our City Council for approving these expenditures to create a healthy and safe environment for our citizens to enjoy the theatre and all the many ways the expanded Performing Arts Center will bring art to the community in the future,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We have explored every avenue to provide state-of-the art air purification and safety features for this facility and are thoroughly satisfied with this plan.”
New features of the Expanded Performing Arts Center approved by the City Council include:
This same strategy for the new Expanded Performing Arts Center is also being incorporated and retrofitted into the existing Bobby Sikes Performing Arts Center and thus creating a safer and healthier campus environment.
“We are extremely grateful to have such a committed partner as the City of Lawrenceville. Creating community means understanding the needs of our community in an ever-changing world. COVID-19 has changed our perception of safety and these additions to the project will create a safer environment for our visitors to enjoy vibrant arts experiences,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director. “Aurora Theatre has been working collaboratively with the City of Lawrenceville - together making sure events happen at the Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center as quickly as possible while never compromising the wellbeing of our artists, patrons or staff.”
The Expanded Performing Arts Center will house a 500-seat theater, cabaret, indoor and outdoor civic space and rooms for educational programming. It will be managed by the second largest professional theater company in Georgia and Gwinnett’s only professional theater, Aurora Theatre. Completion is expected in spring 2021.
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