Environmental Leadership

Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s — the country’s first LEED-certified “green” theater


Our stories come to life on stage at the Balzer Theater at Herren's - a 15,000-square-foot, 200-seat, environmentally-friendly theater and the country's first to receive a Silver LEED certification. Our theater is ADA-compliant and offers administrative office space, two rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms that meet Actor Equity Association (AEA) standards, a box office and lobby. 

In 2005, after completing the renovation of our historical building, the Balzer Theater received the Urban Land Institute’s Project of Excellence Award for its adaptive reuse of a historic structure in an urban setting and the implementation of innovative design features. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s is designated as a historical site by the League of Historic American Theatres.

Today, Theatrical Outfit serves as a national model for environmentally sound and healthy design and practices.

Making the Balzer Theater a Reality:
With major financial gifts from Bill and Peg Balzer, the Kendeda Fund and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, among others, Theatrical Outfit launched construction with the firm of Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects, Inc., the Atlanta green-building design firm CxGBS (Commissioning & Green Building Solutions, Inc) and with Gay Construction Company.


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The Balzer Theater’s various green components save natural resources, energy and expenses. Want to know exactly how green we are? Take a closer look!

  • An innovative HVAC system provides clean, quiet air and acoustics by regularly measuring the amount of carbon dioxide expelled by the audience, bringing in more fresh air as required, so the audience does not become oxygen-deprived and stays comfortable.
  • Recycled contents constitute approximately 33% of the total material cost in the building; all adhesives, sealants, paints, coating and carpets emit low or no volatile organic compounds; carpeting was made from recycled glass, for example.
  • More than 75% of the demolition and construction waste, by weight, was diverted from the landfill.
  • Rainwater collected on the roof in a 7500-gallon tank is used in place of fresh water for toilet and sewage systems; waterless urinal use filters and require no flushing; low-flow toilets require less water.
  • Improved insulation and efficient lighting has led to a 25% reduction in energy use compared to conventional structures.