Title

Pacific Outdoor Greek Theater

Lead Author Major

Civil Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Mary Kay Camarillo

Faculty Mentor Department

Civil Engineering

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Hector Estrada

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Luke Lee

Abstract/Artist Statement

Greek theaters have been used throughout history as gathering places for the colorful celebration of religious and civic beliefs. The sharing of artistic expression was attended by all citizens, whether rich or poor. By bringing everyone together to share art and emotions, a sense of community was created. Using Greek theaters to encourage social bonding, a greater participation in the community, and greater civic contribution is a tradition that is still utilized today. University of the Pacific (Pacific) can bring this ancient tradition into the 21st century through the construction of a Greek theater, as Pacific does not currently have an outdoor venue that is solely dedicated to the performing arts. While there are several indoor theaters with capacities ranging from 100-800, Pacific’s only outdoor venues are specifically designed for sporting events. By designing an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity ranging from 250- 400 persons, Pacific can increase the variety and quality of events offered to its students and the Stockton community. The preliminary design of Greek Theater dimensions and layout will be based primarily on a capacity dictated by cost effective use of space. Candidate site locations will be selected based on dimensions and a feasibility analysis. After selecting a final site, the design will be finalized, including the evaluation and design of slopes and foundation, stormwater management, structural considerations, and an engineer’s estimate of costs.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

28-4-2012 2:00 PM

End Date

28-4-2012 3:30 PM

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Pacific Outdoor Greek Theater

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Greek theaters have been used throughout history as gathering places for the colorful celebration of religious and civic beliefs. The sharing of artistic expression was attended by all citizens, whether rich or poor. By bringing everyone together to share art and emotions, a sense of community was created. Using Greek theaters to encourage social bonding, a greater participation in the community, and greater civic contribution is a tradition that is still utilized today. University of the Pacific (Pacific) can bring this ancient tradition into the 21st century through the construction of a Greek theater, as Pacific does not currently have an outdoor venue that is solely dedicated to the performing arts. While there are several indoor theaters with capacities ranging from 100-800, Pacific’s only outdoor venues are specifically designed for sporting events. By designing an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity ranging from 250- 400 persons, Pacific can increase the variety and quality of events offered to its students and the Stockton community. The preliminary design of Greek Theater dimensions and layout will be based primarily on a capacity dictated by cost effective use of space. Candidate site locations will be selected based on dimensions and a feasibility analysis. After selecting a final site, the design will be finalized, including the evaluation and design of slopes and foundation, stormwater management, structural considerations, and an engineer’s estimate of costs.