Construction Manager &
201 S. Washington Street, #200, Shelby, NC 28150
Location: Shelby, North Carolina
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Nov
Total Square Feet: 13,386 Site: 0.34 acres
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 13,386; total, 13,386 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 28’; total, 28’.
Basic Construction Type: Historic renovation/Structural
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Ruggles Engineering, PC - 1116 Whispering
Winds Drive, Catawba, NC 28609
General Contractor: Morrison Construction Co., Inc. - 1424 South
Morgan Street, Shelby, NC 28152
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: McKnight Smith Ward Griffin
Engineers - 4223 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209
Theatre Consultant: Theatre Consultants Collaborative, LLC - 6600
Manor Hill Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
In early 2004, Destination Cleveland County (DCC) began as a
public-private partnership to promote economic development through
cultural tourism in the Shelby-Cleveland County area. Two major catalyst
projects were identified for uptown Shelby to honor the legacy of two
Shelby natives: country music singer/songwriter Don Gibson ("I Can't
Stop Loving You," "Oh Lonesome Me") and bluegrass banjo pioneer, Earl
Destination Cleveland County (DCC) purchased the former State (Flick)
Theatre property to renovate and restore the building into a modern
performing arts facility and reception hall. The art deco inspired
theatre opened in 1939 and served as a cinema house for over 50 years.
In recent years, like many old movie houses, the building was left
vacant and fell into disrepair. MBAJ Architecture was charged with
transforming the building into a state-of-the-art performing arts venue
for regional and national artists.
The original building was modestly appointed in nautical art deco motifs
including porthole windowed front doors and a scrolling wave border
framing the proscenium opening with sea foam green and pink coral walls
throughout. Many of these motifs were restored and updated using
contemporary materials. The lobby, reception hall, and other public
areas are appointed with colors and patterns reminiscent of art deco,
but in a contemporary interpretation paying homage to the original theme
of the circa 1939 theatre.
The main auditorium comfortably seats over 400 and is handicap
accessible. Twenty-first century technology sound and lighting systems
provide the setting for all forms of musical performance, live theater,
and audio-visual productions. A new reception hall was constructed on a
vacant parking lot adjacent to the original building with a connector to
the main lobby providing exhibit space for Don Gibson artifacts and
A new community room is located next to the theatre space and is
designed for maximum flexibility. The room features a glass wall that
connects to the city streetscape beyond. A bar and serving kitchen
provide many options for catered events.
Attention to detail carries through to the restrooms with stage light
vanities, accent tile, and glass block partitions.
Details were important - original motifs were uncovered and used to
inform the design and color scheme.
Membrane Roofing: Durolast Roofing Doors: Special Lite
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong Lighting: Lithonia