Restrooms and Elevator Addition: As a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority needed to provide new compliant accessible entries, circulation, egress and restrooms. Having been through a number of architects, the authority challenged the firm with its needs and a $1M budget. RDM Architecture conceived a two-story, 4,000 SF addition with aesthetic details and forms that were sympathetic to the original c.1950 architecture.
Alterations & Additions, Phase II: This $1,500,000, 6,000 square foot renovation and addition to Ovens Auditorium was inspired by a need for better patron circulation, expanded gathering spaces, shorter restroom & ticket lines, as well as an increase in concessions revenue. The additions were designed to look as if they were always a part of the 1950’s Charlotte icon, matching the architectural style and historic context but delivering the elegant hospitality that newer facilities offer.
Starlight Lounge: Challenged with a small budget to replace some finishes on the second floor of the c.1950s concessions area, RdM inquired and investigated concessions revenue, customer satisfaction and operational issues. RdM then reversed the challenge presenting design concepts and budgets that convinced Authority management and board members to expand their funding and the service potential. The net affect of the new design and upgrades resulted in a four month pay back of the increased funding and increased revenue forever thereafter providing additional dollars for further capital improvements.