Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center
Retrofit converts synagogue into community arts center
Buffalo Grove Park District was stretched thin with space for its popular performing arts programs. It had to pay top dollar for renting space at local schools. Then the community’s largest Jewish congregation sold its synagogue to the park district.
A two-phase adaptive reuse project transforms the synagogue into an ADA-accessible theater with tiered seating, a lobby with an art gallery, a concessions area, and multipurpose rooms. The 37,300-square-foot project includes a new entrance and site modifications. To meet a tight budget, the first phase of the retrofit reused many parts of the synagogue, including light fixtures, sprinklers, mechanical systems, and most of the ceiling. Phase two updates the theater again with a larger renovation.
The project, which started with a master plan, received LEED V4 ID+C: Commercial Interiors certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Theater tiered seating and acoustic clouds bring better views and sound
- Rewired theatrical lighting and Broadway-quality sound system
- Lower-hanging lights and acoustic clouds add visual drama both within the lobby and as viewed from approach to the facility
- Wood-patterned luxury vinyl tile flooring and oxidized wall tile accents create inviting contemporary feel