Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center - Interior

Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center


Federal Way, Washington


City of Federal Way

Collaborators +

General Contractor: Garco Construction

Acoustics: Jaffe Holden

Theater Planning & A/V: Shalleck Collaborative Inc.

Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

MEP Engineering: PAE Consulting Engineers

Civil Engineering: Navix Engineering

Landscape Architecture: Hewitt Architects

Lighting Design: Luma Lighting Design

Project Size

45,360 square feet

Seating Capacity

716 auditorium

Project Status



Certified LEED New Construction Silver


Architecture, Interior Design

Central to the revitalization of a community that has experienced a significant demographic shift, this multi-functional performing arts center and civic park reconnect the cultural fabric of the city, serving as a catalyst for redevelopment of the area.

The project is at the core of the City’s ambitions to enhance the vitality of the urban core and the cultural life of the community. The program combines a multipurpose performing arts theater with a community conference center and hotel co-development to serve both public and private uses—leveraging market synergy and operational efficiency in support of a sustainable business model.

The design concept capitalizes on the 4-acre site’s central downtown location to develop pedestrian connectivity with surrounding uses, create new public gathering areas and establish an active urban presence. The architectural expression animates transparency of public spaces to capitalize on specific urban relationships, site topography and views of Mount Rainier—interconnecting building activities with the unique natural setting and life of downtown.

Photography: Jeremy Bittermann, Adam Hunter, Doug Scott