C.H. Johnson Consulting (in association with LMN architects), was retained by the City of Federal Way, Washington (City) to perform a comprehensive feasibility study addressing the performing arts center and the redevelopment of the Dumas Bay Conference Center, a retreat center on Puget Sound. At the time of this engagement the City of Federal Way was seeking to build a performing arts center in its efforts to revitalize its city center. It was intended by the City that any proposed Performing Arts Center (PAC) would serve multiple purposes including performance, lecture series, business conventions, visual arts exhibit space and a space for events.
The primary focus of the study was to evaluate if a Performing Arts Center was viable and what its demand, operating profile and economic impact would be. C.H. Johnson Consulting provided the following:
We recommended a 500-seat theater, along with a ballroom/ meeting complex to help support a mid-priced hotel. We also recommended demolishing the Dumas Bay Retreat Center, but keeping its small theater and kitchen and then using the beautiful site to attract a corporate conference center user.