Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Renovation)

Close collaboration among members of the design team on programming, hall design, backstage layouts, and stage and lighting equipment resulted in the acclaimed design for the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale when it opened in 1991. FDA worked with the owner and architect to define the program for the entire complex, collaborated on the design of both halls and their backstage layouts, and designed and specified stage equipment for the two state-of-the-art theaters.

In 2014, renovations and an expansion were completed. The Au-Rene Theater received a makeover with new stage lifts and seating wagons; upgraded rigging, lighting and systems; and new seats (now with cup holders). The seating capacity was reduced from 2,687 to 2,660, in part due to the reconfiguration of the mezzanine to allow for wider seats with drink holders in the new Club Level, which will have 71 seats. The Club Level offers patrons the opportunity to the Au-Rene stage from a richly furnished room behind the mezzanine, where they can enjoy food, drink, and the opportunity to stretch their legs rather than being “trapped in a seat for the duration.” Lobbies have been updated, and the courtyard has been renovated, and the smaller Amaturo Theater, which seats 590, have been renovated and received a stage lighting systems upgrade.

The expansion includes the new Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center, which features classrooms and a coaching studio, integrated technologies for distance learning and the JM Family Studio Theater with retractable seating for teaching, rehearsals, recitals, and intimate performances. The new Huizenga Pavilion features a 70-seat bistro and the the Porter Riverview Ballroom.

  • Client: PAC Authority
  • Architect: Benjamin Thompson & Associates
  • Completion Year: 1991
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Acoustician: Kirkegaard & Associates
  • Building Size: 200,000 s.f.


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