The refurbishment project was done two months ahead of schedule and $375,000 below the original budget, according to the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which managed the project.
Four bathrooms on the lower level of the site were updated with new plumbing, light fixtures, stalls and tiling.
The flooring in the dressing rooms were also finished, and the lighting fixtures were rewired and replaced. Countertops and vanities were replaced to improve accessibility.
The theater’s inner lobby was also redone, with the gypsum board ceiling replaced to accommodate new energy efficient lighting. New carpeting was installed throughout the lobby and the wall laminate was replaced with wooden panels.
The project was the first of a two-phase capital improvement plan to fully renovate the theater.
The second phase is now being developed by the Department of Cultural Affairs to include new theatrical rigging systems, new seating and a redesigned floor plan to provide more accessibility.
The project was completed by Sharan Builders, a College Point-based certified M/WBE firm that specializes in masonry, interior framing, tile work, concrete and commercial kitchen installation.
In a statement, DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo praised the “high-quality work” done by the firm and other M/WBEs.
“We strike to continuously support our contractors and urge firms that meet the M/WBE criteria to become M/WBE-certified,” she said, “and take advantage of the opportunities the city of New York and DDC offer.”