The ASTC membership was well represented at the 2016 North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference held in New York City. The following is a recap of ASTC member involvement and some discussion of the event. READ MORE….
Revit and other BIM (Building Information Modeling) software has been a hot topic amongst Theatre Consultants for the last few years, with no clear consensus on its best use. It’s clear this sort of software is gaining in popularity with a variety of results for projects and practices. ASTC gathered interested parties for a roundtable discussion of the realities as well as best practices. READ MORE….
ASTC, in conjunction with USITT, once again hosts a theoretical design project for university and college students. The next presentation will be held March 10, 2017 in St. Louis, MO. READ MORE….
ASTC has accepted a new member for full membership. READ MORE….
It is important to be realistic about the cost of performing arts projects from the beginning to avoid Owner disappointment, redesign and other related problems. Everyone seems to agree projects are being designed more quickly, sometimes leaving out a critical step in the design process. READ MORE….
On the subject of sightline constrained rails allowed by the International Building Code (IBC), after an injury or fall from height incident, a frequent response is to re-examine the design and construction of balcony fronts. However, research has revealed that most of the concerns are those of perception, rather than of actual life safety. There do not appear to be any incidents of falls from balconies in performing arts theatres in the United States that were not related to either alcohol use, patron negligence, or atypical health conditions. In fact, the vast majority of incidents related to balcony railings occur in stadia, arenas and amphitheatres that promote standing events, alcoholic consumption, and reaching for foul balls and t-shirts shot out of cannons.
Rather than solely focusing on these incidents, we should examine the more common issue of patron discomfort while walking … Read More »
From time to time the height of sight-constrained rails along a balcony becomes an issue, due to a fall or the simple perception that such railings are permitted to be quite low. Several ASTC members discussed the issues, perceptions and some possible solutions. READ MORE….
Two founding members of ASTC passed away in the first months of 2016, and they are sorely missed by the membership. Both Ned Lustig, FASTC and Ron Jerit, ASTC had a great impact on the profession and the society. READ MORE…
At the most recent ASTC Business Meeting, the society named two long-time members as Fellows, Robert Shook and Michael McMackin. ASTC also accepted one new member, Josh Allen and reinstated one inactive member, Grace Gavin Rhodes. ASTC membership is limited to full-time, professional theatre consultants who demonstrate expertise and experience in the design of performing arts facilities READ MORE…
Back by popular demand, ASTC members, Scott Crossfield and Robert Long, presented the 5th installment in their ASTC-sponsored “History of….” series on March 7th at the IAVM Performing Arts Manager’s Conference held this year in San Antonio. Their rollicking presentations have become one of the highlights of this annual industry event. READ MORE…