R.Z. Hawkins Cultural Amphitheater

Thanks to a donation from the Hawkins Foundation, Truckee Meadows residents enjoy a 400-seat, open-air amphitheater with a covered stage for drama and music productions.

Q&D worked with Cathexes to develop numerous construction alternatives to satisfy the budgets and criteria of the Hawkins Foundation and the Washoe County Parks and Recreation. Our Heavy/Civil Group made the site cuts for the seating while preserving a 6-foot-by-8-foot boulder for hiding theatrical controls. To minimize disruption to the natural vegetation, Q&D worked with very tight limits of clearing for excavation for the seating and the stage.

“Your crew put their heart and soul into the project and made so many good decisions on our behalf that they are hard to enumerate.”
-Foundation Chairman Bill Wallace


The amphitheater seating is nestled in the natural bowl beneath Windy Hill in Bartley Ranch Regional Park. The stage structure features barn doors, a distressed corrugated tin roof and other rural design elements.

Project Overview

Reno, NV

Washoe County Parks & Recreation