Geary Engineering, Inc. provided the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the construction of a new theater complex at Village Point in Omaha, Nebraska. The mechanical and electrical systems included the HVAC, fire sprinkler, plumbing, power, lighting, storm drainage, fire alarm and sound systems. The theater has sixteen auditoriums that seat a total of 3,270 people with a large main lobby and projection level. The largest auditorium holds 366 seats and the smallest holds 88 seats. The build is a total of 73,500 sq. ft with a budget cost of $6,500,000.00.
The theater complex is heating and cooled with roof top units that are specifically designed for assembly areas. The roof top units are located on the roof in a manner to eliminate objectionable noise in the auditoriums. There is sound attenuation insulation and sound isolation roof curbs included as part of the installation. The rooftop units that serve the auditoriums are equipped with hot gas reheat dehumidification controls. The dehumidification is required due to the large number of people and the enormous load variation when the theaters are unoccupied. Each auditorium has a dedicated rooftop unit with four temperature sensors and a master programable thermostat located at a central location on the projection level.
The plumbing systems include central rest rooms and satellite rest rooms in each section of the theater. A wet pipe fire sprinkler system provides protection to the entire structure. The concession area includes soda piping, floor sinks, wash sinks and connections to food service equipment.
The building is served with a 277/480 volt electrical distribution system. There is a 1600 amp main service with distribution panels located throughout the theater. Step-down transformers are provided at the sub-panels for the projection equipment. The fire alarm system has voice annunciation integrated with the projectors and sound system to met National Fire Protection Association requirements.
Theatrical luminaries were used in the Lobby to highlight the 3D display models above the concession area. Highly efficient compact flourescent lighting was used throughout the interior of the building. The exterior lighting consists of high intensity discharge luminaries to the light the facade and to blend with the surrounding buildings.