Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park31750 Lake View Drive
Selbyville, DE 19975
Design Achievement – Welcoming more than 50,000 patrons annually, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design replaces the existing Freeman Stage at Bayside with a new, larger amphitheater, emerging as the Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park. The new venue increases seating capacity and accessibility, and offers expanded amenities. Inspired by the surrounding coastal nature, the new iconic canopy floats over the fixed seating; the structure appears translucent during the daytime and light-filled and glowing during evening performances. Gentle slopes covered with natural coastal vegetation form the venue’s lawn seating. The site takes advantage of the location, positioning social gathering spaces at the coastal edge and orienting the lawn to promote views of the water and a golf course. The design reduces visual barriers, such as guardrails and retaining walls, to create a more equitable and enjoyable patron experience. The current stage will remain open during construction, and is envisioned to become a patron gathering space within the new venue site.
Scope Summary – Encompassing a site area of four acres and total building area of 41,200 SF, the project includes a new amphitheater with covered seating for 1,150 patrons, open-air fixed seats for an additional 850 patrons, and lawn seating for 2,000. Together, the stage and canopy occupy 19,600 SF. Front-of-house buildings with an aggregate building area of 8,000 SF comprise a box office at the main gate, a two-story administrative building, toilets, and concessions. The 13,600 SF back-of-house area includes performance support spaces, dressing rooms, a multi-purpose room, and loading dock. Staff parking is located adjacent to the back-of-house area and visitor parking is situated north of the main entrance. Existing parking will be reconfigured to allow for higher capacity. To build the new venue, existing structures at the site will be razed and fill will be brought in to create the 13-foot tall sloped lawn seating area. DLR Group|WRL is providing architectural, MEP and structural engineering, theater technical, lighting, acoustics, audiovisual, security, and information transport/telecommunications design services.
DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.