Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Texas

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire protection, and information technology services for the Charles and Dee Wyly Theatre, which is part of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.


  • Size: 75,000 square feet
  • Client/Owner: AT&T Performing Arts Center
  • Architect: REX|OMA, Kendall/Heaton Associates
  • Contractor: Holder Construction
  • Completion Date: 2009

The performing arts facility encompasses approximately 75,000 square feet, seats up to 800 people, and uses the first-ever vertically stacked program that locates non-performance spaces (e.g., rehearsal, costume/makeup rooms, offices, lobby) above or below the theatre. The flexible design includes components that can be moved hydraulically to create different stage and seating configurations (e.g., balconies, stage, proscenium). Retractable exterior glass walls provide both indoor and outdoor theatrical experiences. The design demanded that the MEP systems be as flexible as possible to support the rearrangeable stage and seating layouts. This flexibility is achieved by an underfloor air distribution plenum, which utilizes a displacement ventilation concept. Tetra Tech also implemented energy-efficient systems, including a radiant heating floor system, heat recovery system, and low-temperature and low-volume distribution for supporting areas.

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