WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, TCU AMPITHEATER
PHASES I, II, AND III
- Location: Indianapolis
- Completed: Phase I, June 2019 | Phase II, August 2020 | Phase III, June 2021
- Delivery method: CMc
Powers & Sons Construction is one of two firms who joined forces to build the outdoor concert venue at White River State Park.
The TCU Ampitheater in Indianapolis hosts some of the country’s top contemporary musical and entertainment groups. It is winner of the 2021 Indy Chamber Monumental Awards in the architectural achievement category as well as the 2021 Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) Indiana Engineering Achievement Award.
The facility includes 2,500 reserved seats under covered canopy and 3,500 general admission lawn seats for a total capacity of 6,000. Features include a permanent stage, artist dressing rooms and crew accommodations, acoustic stage treatments, public restroom facilities, stage left and right LED video walls, and scenic views of the White River.
Phase I of the work was to renovate an existing structure housing the park’s ticketing operation and administrative offices. A new addition expanded that building with 60 permanent new restrooms and a first-aid station. Existing spaces were updated with new flooring, doors, countertops, and paint. The resulting structure now covers 12,000 SF. Granite stairs, a limestone dedication plaque, and exterior lettering were preserved.
Phase II focused on building a permanent main stage flanked by large LED video screens, a concrete pad with 3,000 permanent individual seats, lawn seating for 4,000, 40 more permanent restrooms, and a a back-of-house artist amenities (VIP) area to be used by performers.
Phase III work was to add the large, visually artistic canopy over reserved seating and main stage. The wedge-shaped roof offers better acoustics during the concert experience as well as rain protection.