Bill Conner Associates LLC
Theatre Consulting | Assembly Planning | Creative Solutions
How Do We Work?
Every project is unique, requiring an approach while avoiding cookie-cutter designs:
When is a Theatre Consultant hired?
The real answer is, the sooner the better. Theatre Consultants can help owners identify capacity and scale of a theatre. For a lot of reasons, too many projects have early concepts that are too large or too small for the owner's requirements and budgets. Theatre Consultants are adept at space planning and early design specific to this building type. We can provide early budgets that will reduce later redesign brought on by overly optimistic budgeting early in the process. As a project progresses through the design phases, it becomes more difficult to truly impact a design positively when budget or space are not carefully considered at the start.
Who uses a Theatre Consultant?
In most cases Theatre Consultants are hired by the project Architect and are a part of the design team. In other cases we are hired by the owner directly and participate with the design team. Regardless, Theatre Consultants provide critical detail and design assistance to all members of the design team. We can provide specific advice and information about theatres and similar places of public assembly based on our extensive experience.
Bill Conner Associates LLC
Chicago: Bill Conner FASTC 637 North Marion Street Oak Park IL 60302 (708) 437-0505
What We Do
Bill Conner Associates LLC is not a sales organization. We are design consultants only. We believe that we can act in the best interests of the owner by providing unbiased opinions and designs that are both competitive and consider the needs of the entire facility. There are many dealers that call themselves "consultant" but don't provide full design services, including contract documents for competitive bidding.
Theatre Consultants are translators between the needs of owners or users and the Architect's design team. We have one foot firmly in the world of theatre and performance and the other foot in the design and construction industry. We understand what it takes to design and build a theatre. We are equally at home standing in theatres, working around the table in an architect's office, or wearing muddy boots in the field looking at the space as it's being constructed.
Theatres are one of the most complicated building types to design and construct. The number of things that go into a successful theatre are daunting, and many pieces compete for the same space. A theatre is like a factory in that it must produce and be adaptable for multiple uses, while on the flip side have visual appeal to be a place that audiences want to gather. No two theatres are the same, so each must be designed with great care to ensure the building functions as owners and audiences expect.
We provide solutions that solve challenges.