HG Design Studio recently completed the renovation of an amphitheater that was originally opened in 1923 and has been used for various functions including theater productions and convocation ceremonies. This renovation made improvements to the stage area including new stairs, repair of storage under stage, electrical upgrade, theatrical systems (lighting and sound), and the repair/replacement of the columns and balustrade In addition, site improvements included ADA improvements, landscaping, stormwater improvements, repairs to sidewalks and paving Construction also included two new support buildings (each approximately 250 SF)
In its prior condition, the amphitheater was unsafe to be used for any type of assembly function. Located in a wooded area, the amphitheater presented a public safety challenge for students to congregate and a security hazard for those pedestrians travelling near or through the area By renovating the amphitheater, the University restored the venue for educational functions as well as other assembly functions.
In 2019, the Amphitheater Rehabilitation was awarded the E. Boyd Graves Preservation Award of Excellence by Historic Fredericksburg Foundation. This award serves to recognize notable preservation achievements made by groups of individuals that contribute to the protection, understanding, appreciation, and revitalization of the Fredericksburg region’s history and historic resources.