Open Call for Amphitheater Project

Open call: Sennett Memorial Amphitheatre and Exhibition Space Design Competition.

RACA will oversee the planning, design, construction and use of an outdoor artistic space in the form of an amphitheater located on the grounds of the Rome/Floyd County Library and made possible through the cooperation of the Floyd County Commission and generous donation of the Sennett Family in memory of their son, Charles O. “Chuck” Sennett, III. Chuck died in a plane crash in 1995 and was well known for his aerial photography. He had won several awards for his work, including two international competitions.

This space will be utilized by the community, with an emphasis on arts organizations, performances, exhibits, demonstrations, and the like. Special attention should be paid to the natural landscape of the site as well as the multiple uses the site will serve.

This will be a two-phase project. Phase I is the amphitheater and exhibition structure with access for loading. Phase II will include support functions for the surrounding project area.   A committee comprised of representatives from RACA, the Library, the planning department, county manager’s office and the Sennett Family will select the winning design in a blind competition.


Submissions are due on November 21, 2017.  Please send to: and include the following. Multiple entries accepted.

Architect’s professional and insurance credentials 

Sketch of proposed amphitheater structure

Schematic drawing for entire project area

Proposal for construction documents and contract administration of Phase I within a budget of $90,000.

Elements to consider in the amphitheater design:

A place for Chuck Sennett’s name to be prominently displayed for perpetuity

Raised platform/stage area that is between 30-50’ wide and 24-30’ deep

Open air cover/roof that protects the space and promotes sound projection

Multiple entrances and exits onto area

Ability to hang lighting instruments, backdrops, and art installations within the space, non-slip flooring, and ample electrical outlets

Elements to consider for project area:

Large Audience seating with clear sight lines of the platform/stage

Area/booth for technical staff to set up equipment with clear view of stage an audience

Access for loading and unloading

Existing paths, steps, and verandas