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Hopewell Theater, Baxter Construction receive awards


Hopewell Theater and Baxter Construction have been recognized for outstanding achievement in the Qualified Remodeler’s Master Design Awards Contest.

The silver was awarded for Hopewell Theater’s interior renovation project. Hopewell Theater is a 135-year-old, state-of the-art, dine-in performing arts venue in Hopewell, N.J.

Under the design direction of theater Founder and Executive Director Sara Scully, with architect Robert Ceruti, Baxter Construction helped create a multi-purpose community entertainment space within the theater’s existing footprint. The project combined hand-crafted finishes with state-of-the-art technology.

Baxter Construction carefully dismantled the interior down to the original brick and mortar walls and then began bringing the design to life. A vaulted ceiling with exposed struts, a new ticket booth, and caterer’s kitchen were new additions.

New tiered banquets and a balcony space ensure every view is “incredible.” The renovation also has been recognized by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, winning the 2019 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) award. Additionally, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association recognized this project with the New Good Neighbor award.

“Hopewell Theater patrons have come to value our venue because of its warm and welcoming design, a place where they can meet friends and get inspired,” said Scully. “Baxter Construction was indispensable to our reimagining the space during our design and build.”

Jim Baxter, president Baxter Construction, said, “Preserving history is a true community effort. It’s a privilege to have been selected to work on these projects and have the opportunity to give back to the community in which we live and work – and to create a design and structure that will be sustainable for generations to come.”