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Sandler Center for the Performing Arts


Clancy & Theys Construction Company, on a design-build contract, delivered the 1,298-seat Performing Arts Theatre for the City of Virginia Beach. At four stories, the theatre’s front façade is transparent, allowing the interior public lobbies to be visible from the piazza. Seating is provided for 1,298 in standard aisle arrangement including two balcony levels. The theatre is fully appointed and backed by the full complement of spaces needed for such a venue. These spaces include a world class rehearsal hall, technical support rooms, performer support rooms and lounges, box office space, administration office space, VIP lounge areas, and storage space.

Clancy & Theys received the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council, Service Award for “Diversity Champion” in recognition of Exceptional Service Delivery for the Performing Arts Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This project was the recipient of the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate’s Excellence in Development Design Awards – Jurors’ Award, Best Recreation/Entertainment Hostility Project, and Best Interior Project and the National Design-Build Excellence Award for the Public Sector $25-$50 million range.

Project Details
Client: City of Virginia Beach
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Size: 86,000 sq ft
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You and your team of design/build professionals have transformed our thoughts and imaginations of what this theater could and should be into the reality before us today. The City of Virginia Beach now has an icon to support and encourage the development of the performing arts, a venue for world-class entertainment for the citizens, and an educational resource for future generations of performers. Frankly stated, you exceeded our expectations.
Meyera E. Oberndorf | Former Mayor | City of Virginia Beach