Theatre Arlington

Arlington, Texas


  • Community


  • mechanical / plumbing engineering
  • electrical engineering


  • 13,950 SF


BHB provided MEP engineering and fire protection services to the 13,950 square foot, two-story, renovation of Theatre Arlington. This theatre opened its doors for the first time in two years on Friday, March 25, 2022. Theatre Arlington was well overdue for a renovation to modernize it, as it is the only live theatre in Arlington and has been in operation since 1981.




A cost-saving measure implemented in this project was to re-work several panel boards to salvage as many circuits as possible, and luckily our team was able to reuse most of the existing ductwork on the second floor and in the kitchen area.

A special request from the owner was to make sure smoke/fog machines wouldn’t set off any fire alarms in the building. To accommodate this request, our team recommended using rate-of-increase heat detectors instead of traditional infrared smoke detectors.

Other special requests included lighting controls in the front lobby to support smaller performances and minimizing noise production of mechanical systems in the stage area with sound attenuators in the ductwork to mitigate airflow noise.



A creative design solution used in this project was updating the dressing room vanity lighting. The prior vanities had a vintage look to them with large, incandescent bulbs on the perimeter of the mirrors. The new vanities have a modern look and provide dimming and temperature controls.



BHB enjoyed being a part of this community project for the City of Arlington. We were delighted to help with these renovations to modernize the theatre and bring it to life after two years of it being closed for construction.


Key People

  • Saul Martinez, PE

  • Richard J. Watters, PE