The Glenn Massey Theater, built for the University of Alaska at the UAA Matsu Campus in Palmer, opened in early 2015. The 30,000 square foot, 525-seat performing arts theater houses multiple dressing rooms, a costume shop, scene building shop, green room, and multiple restrooms for both performers and the public. There building also features office space for the staff running the theater and a large mechanical room containing state of the art air handlers to heat and cool the theater, while minimizing any noise that would detract from the performance. An orchestra pit is also included, hidden just below the stage, with the option for a future orchestra pit lift, which will hoist the musicians up to stage level during their performance. This building boasts modern interior finishes including; glass tile and stone countertops in restrooms, 20 foot tall fritted curtain wall and lyptus wood wall panels in the lobby, sapele wood panels and venetian polished plaster in the theater, and a custom Meyer Constellation Speaker System with Electro-Acoustical Enhancement capabilities.
Roger Hickel Contracting self-performed all concrete placement, exterior siding, doors, and hardware installation, much of the civil work, and miscellaneous finish items. Major subcontractors on the project included; Redi Electric, Slayden Plumbing and Heater, Bucher Glass, Rite-way Roofing, Elite Acoustics, Commercial Contractors, Goliath Construction, Swanson Steel Erectors, Protech Theatrical Services, and Pyramid Audio and Video.