Associate ArchitectMarmon Mok
This is the renovation and expansion of an existing iconic building in San Antonio. The historic entrance and arcade of the Spanish Colonial style building have been maintained, while the renovation creates a new 180,000 ft2 (16,720 m) facility into its framework of public space. The Tobin Center houses a large flexible floor in its multi-use performance hall with acoustics comparable to the world’s finest concert halls, with 1,750 seats in the main performance hall and 230 seats in the studio theater.
Front worked closely with LMN Architects through all phases to conceptualize and develop multiple façade systems. The historic façade is enhanced with a glass wall to form an entry lobby. The main enclosure for the auditorium is a composite insulated metal panel system with integral supports for the signature veil metal paneling system. A glass box to the side houses the smaller performance spaces. Design of the veil system considered structural concept, aviary considerations, cutout analysis and incorporation of lighting system.
The project was completed in 2014 and earned LEED Silver.