Playhouse in the Park chooses BHDP to design theater complex

Tom Keckeis, Messer Construction Co. president and CEO; Blake Robison, Playhouse artistic director; Woody Taft, Playhouse capital campaign chair; Mike Habel, BHDP Architecture CEO; and Buzz Ward, Playhouse managing director

Tom Keckeis, Messer Construction Co. president and CEO; Blake Robison, Playhouse artistic director; Woody Taft, Playhouse capital campaign chair; Mike Habel, BHDP Architecture CEO; and Buzz Ward, Playhouse managing director

BHDP Architecture will design the new Mainstage Theatre complex for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

The new facility is the centerpiece of the Playhouse’s major capital renovation. Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2019 and be completed by the fall of 2020.  

BHDP has “the capabilities and the creativity to provide an imaginative and memorable design that will integrate the space with our iconic location in the park and provide a state-of-the-art theater that brings an intimate experience to our audiences,” said Blake Robison, Playhouse artistic director.

BHDP is an award-winning international architectural firm headquartered in Cincinnati.

“Our goals are to honor Eden Park’s historic Shelterhouse Theatre and connect with the unique Mt. Adams hillside neighborhood while creating an inspiring and memorable experience for all the Playhouse patrons, company members and staff,” said Mike Habel, BHDP’s CEO.

The Playhouse previously chose Messer and TriVersity as the construction companies to complete the project.

Earlier this year, the Playhouse announced a capital campaign to replace the current Marx Theatre with a new complex, including improved production support spaces and enhanced patron amenities. It is phase one of a facility master plan with future phases to include additional capacity for increased initiatives in community engagement and educational outreach across the region.

The capital campaign remains in the quiet stage. A fundraising goal along with designs for the future spaces will be announced in early 2018.

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