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City Impact


















Tony Traub provided professional services as a developer for The City of Durham's downtown performing arts center, which is recognized as one of the great success stories in the American entertainment business.


Located adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the American Tobacco Historic District in Downtown Durham, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a public/private partnership between the City of Durham, Duke University, the developer and the theater operator.


This project's innovative financial solution included taxable Certificates of Participation repaid by a portion of Citywide Hotel Occupancy Tax, facility naming rights, a Duke University grant, an operator loan and other private sources.


Consistenty running near-capacity attendance since opening in December 2008 and ranking #2 nationally in attendance by Pollstar, DPAC has exceeded projections for revenue and operating profits. 


The City estimates over $28 million annually in economic impact was generated in the first eight months of theater operations.


Area restaurants have thrived due to show night activity, contributing to the recruitment of more restaurants to the downtown core. Five new downtown restaurants opened in the first two years of  DPAC operations, despite the national recession.

County Impact


















TCTB was engaged in early 2014 to conduct a preliminary study for a new performing arts center that will enhance the cultural economy in vibrant Buncombe County, North Carolina. 


The future Performance Center will bring a wider range of entertainment options to area families, as well as the region's important tourist audiences, including the best of Broadway touring shows; will help local groups and individual artists take their work to the next level of excellence; and will attract the best performers from around the globe to Asheville.


By incorporating the latest technology, the center will also create new business opportunities to support TV, film and live multi-media productions. Designed with digital transmission as a key goal of the building program, all areas of the complex will be fully-wired for next generation webcasting.  


The Performance Center will be located in downtown Asheville, the largest city in Western North Carolina, renowned as a welcoming and vibrant artistic community, in a region long celebrated for its strong arts and cultural traditions. Audience and artist interests range from classical to country, drama to digital media, and ballet to bluegrass.  The region's leaders are coming together behind a shared mission: To build a modern performing arts center to serve all of the region in order to enhance a truly unique mountain culture that is attracting millions of visitors each year.


State Impact


















James Baudoin served as the Project Manager during the design and construction process for this 245,000 square foot complex owned by the State of Georgia, which includes three performance venues and music school facilities.


Key players in this public-private partnership included Columbus' State Legislative Delegation and a successful private fundraising initiative. RiverCenter has had a significant impact on the downtown economy of Columbus, which now boasts a variety of performance venues, successful restaurants and urban residential living spaces.  


RiverCenter has held host to many outstanding musicians, dancers, actors, comedians, and international entertainers. Notable performance dates have included Bill Cosby, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, David Copperfield, Jessye Norman, Chik Corea, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and an annual series of Broadway attractions staged each year since its opening.  


Key to success of the hall is its programming emphasis on arts education. The CSU Schwob School of Music is located at the RiverCenter, and it is home to the Columbus Symhony, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, the Columbus Ballet and Cantus Columbus.


 In an interview with, Garrison Keillor called RiverCenter "a fabulous auditorium that is as fine as any I've ever seen."


Public Spaces

Lobby design for DPAC, RiverCenter and

Asheville's future performance center all

serve as downtown "living rooms" for patrons

in their regions.

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