The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center’s BB&T Amphitheatre stage cover is expected to be completed in April, according to university officials.
“The cover is needed primarily to provide shelter from the elements for performers,” said Ralph Davis, director of facilities management. “At the same time, it also offers acoustical value, structure and visibility.”
The pre-engineered steel frame has a standing seam metal roof and is 56 feet across with a depth of 25 feet. There is a steel-framed Trellis on the both sides of the cover.
The BB&T Amphitheatre is located on the Palmetto Street side of the FMU Performing Arts Center. Steps lead down to a semicircular outdoor seating area that can accommodate about 200 people while an upper area can accommodate about 300 people. Concrete pavers cover the floor area of the seating, allowing grass to grow through them. A 20 x 40 ft. stage is at the end of the amphitheatre near the Academic Wing, and the rest of the amphitheatre is surrounded by beautiful magnolia trees.
The FMU Performing Arts Center, an estimated 61,000 square foot facility located in downtown Florence, has been made possible through a partnership between FMU and the City of Florence and is partially funded through a substantial private gift from the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation. Its main elements include an 849-seat Mainstage with a fly tower, a 100-seat flexible Black Box space, and an Academic Wing for the Department of Fine Arts. The exterior of the building consists of Winnsboro granite with Georgia White Cherokee marble insets.