Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Fabric Type: PTFE
Architect: Bauer Architects
Owner: Festival of Arts
Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
General Contractor: Turner Construction
Completion Date: 2017
This year, the Festival of Arts debuted the brand new $10.5 million renovation of its exhibit grounds as they celebrated their 85th anniversary. These new additions included various permanent tensile membrane structures designed and installed by FabriTec Structures.
FabriTec partnered with Bauer Architects and the board members of the Festival of Arts to bring their vision for the reimagined exhibition grounds to life.
The renovation of the Festival of Arts exhibit grounds has been an on-going project with Bauer Architects completing the Festival’s new façade in 2014. There were challenges. The Laguna Beach City Council approved the project in July of 2015, but construction was delayed by a year in anticipation of El Niño conditions. However, the rain seemed to wait until the project actually began and then hit with a vengeance. That required creative adjustments to the project’s work schedule for Turner Construction Company.
Some of the other updates that can be found are newly added art exhibition terraces, a public park, and performance “green” area, additional public restrooms, a gift shop, and a junior art exhibition area.
Photos courtesy of Tom Lamb