East End Theater

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Richmond, VA

Project Manager(s)
Dave Spriggs, PE

Services Provided
DA Virtual Construction
DA Economic Development
Structural Engineering

Completion Date

Draper Aden Associates helped to preserve a community landmark through work on the neglected East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood. We handled the structural engineering needs for the renovation as well as the expansion.

Since no documentation was available for the building, Draper Aden Associates utilized new technology to create an interactive building information model (BIM) for the structure. This scanning technology was critical to the project because it showed that, although the roof was gone, the roof framing could still be used, saving the developer $100,000 and making the renovation more feasible.

The firm utilized self-supporting floors in order to create commercial space and two floors of apartments. Challenged by poor soil conditions and the need to maintain the existing shell of the theater, Draper Aden Associates solved a variety of issues using innovative solutions and returned the theater to a vital community asset. After completion, the project has leased 20 of the 22 apartments and will add a new restaurant on the first floor.


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