Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA – Otto Construction, in partnership with Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, has completed their work on the Forest Theater upgrades. The theater was closed in April 2014 after serious structural and safety issues were discovered. Upgrades to the theater include new grading and paving, stone veneer walls, integrated handrail lighting, additional light towers support, and added structural supports at the proscenium walls and new stage flooring.
Due to the historic nature of the project, Otto worked closely with the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea to preserve all possible components, while still completing the upgrades required for the safety of theater user groups and patrons. Some of the most notable upgrades to the theater include removal of two rows of benching required for ADA access; relocation of the parking pathway; and the unstable, dirt-filled seating aisles have been replaced with colored concrete. Additionally, an existing phone booth was reclaimed to potentially be used as a prop for future plays.
“Otto Construction takes pride in being involved in the fabric of a community. This project was special to us, as the Forest Theater is clearly a landmark of the area. During all aspects of the necessary renovations, we worked to maintain the essence of its history,” said Otto Construction’s President Carl Barrett.
Founded in 1910, the Forest Theater remains one of the oldest outdoor theaters west of the Rockies. “The Forest Theater Renovation project was a very important project for the City and for the community. We are thrilled to be opening it in time for this year’s theater season, and the finished product looks really great. The successful completion of this project is a credit to the entire project team, from Otto, Cody Anderson Wasney, and the City,” said City Public Works Director Rob Mullane. The theater is set to reopen in June with the Forest Theater Guild Production of The Borrowers on June 23, and various Films in the Forest starting with Mama Mia! on June 1.
Otto Construction was started in 1947 by John F. Otto with a clear vision of wanted: a company with a core of skilled professionals that could consistently deliver high quality construction at a competitive price.