A local theatre company I work with has recently purchased an old factory space to convert to a theatre. I am trying to put together a rough - I mean huge ballpark rough- estimate of what it will cost to get things up and running from a theatrical standpoint. There is ample 3 phase power available within literally 30' of the stage area so that is a real plus. So here is my question... The performance space dimensions will be approx 50' x 30' with a ceiling height of 20'. In a perfect world I would love a 4'x4' pipe grid over the entire 50'x30' of space hung at 18' from the floor. Would anyone have a rough idea of how much that would cost? I'm thinking cost of the whole thing - to have it engineered, the pipes, the fittings/connectors, and the hangers to attach it to the building and installation? Also, would this be something that a general contractor could install from engineering drawings without prior theatrical experience? I would think so but it doesn't hurt to ask. Plugging strips for lighting will have to come later - for now we could just use SO cables run to our portable dimmer rack. I'm just trying to come up with a semi-realistic number to present to our board so they are aware of how much money they will have to raise just to get started. The building structure is a steel framed, steel skinned structure. The ceiling is a drop ceiling with 2'x4' tiles just below the steel and the walls are currently just open with insulation batting between the steel beams. The finished walls would probably be either 3/4" plywood or drywall. I would think the plywood would be better as it would be more durable than the drywall. Either way, at least one will will probably be carpeted to help with sound control. Finally, we are located in North/Central Kentucky if that really matters with pricing. Thanks for you input!