While at Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, Doug Sandberg was this project’s design coordinator from schematic design through construction documentation. The new structure houses a performing arts center, designed to accommodate all of the varying acoustical and theatrical requirements of twelve different small performing arts companies, none of which previously had a permanent home in Chicago. The founding companies included Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, etc. The design responded to the unique challenges of creating a public building that is mostly ‘underground’, due to Chicago’s regulations against buildings in open park spaces. The 140,000 square feet building was constructed for $41,575,000, and the building has received numerous awards including a Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Chicago Chapter.