SCHOOL AUDITORIUMS, THEATERS, AND PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES
Information on the planning and design of auditoriums, theaters, performing arts facilities for school, university, or community use, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition.
Cavenaugh, William; Tocci, Gregory; Wilkes, Joseph
(John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ , 2009)
Provides design professionals with information on basic concepts, acoustical materials, and technologies for controlling wanted or unwanted sound within and around buildings. The book covers fundamental acoustic principles, design criteria, acoustical materials, control strategies, and methods for a wide variety of building types, including educational facilities. Particular attention is given to places for listening and performance such as theaters, concert and recital halls, outdoor arenas, classrooms, multiuse auditoria, libraries, music practice and rehearsal rooms, recording and broadcast studios, and sports venues. 352p.
Practical Health and Safety Guidelines for School Theater Operations. Assessing the Risks in Middle, Junior and Senior High School Theater Buildings and Programs.
(Risk International Publishing, Littleton, CO , 2009)
Encourages re-thinking and changes regarding health and safety practices in the performing arts at all educational levels. Units of the text address the administrator and the performing arts program; the purchase, replacement, and preventive maintenance of equipment; fire prevention and suppression; emergency preparedness; safety during performances; stage housing, rigging, and the audience; shops and storage; environmental concerns; special effects; skill sets for the performing arts instructor, and stage equipment. The book identifies areas that performing arts personnel and administrators might not think of as dangerous or hazardous, such as aging or outdated equipment or facilities, providing readers with pertinent health and safety information, pointing out hazardous conditions and recommended practices. 434p.TO ORDER: http://www.theatresafetybook.com/index.cfm?
References to Journal Articles
Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbia College
Livegreen; Apr 2012
American studio Opsis Architecture designed the Rose Center for the Arts in Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington, which not only meets the artists’ needs with a cutting-edge theatre and auditorium but is built with sustainability in mind. The center accommodates music, drama, painting and photography, and serves as a community centre offering a vast range of cultural programmes.
Turntables. Changing the Direction of LEED Certification
School Planning and Management; , p68-73 ; Apr 2012
Advises incorporating space saving, acoustically sound, and energy efficient devices such as Turntable Divisible Auditoriums (TDAs). They can save a school or district costs on construction and energy and are applicable to obtaining LEED credits.
The Play's the Thing
College Planning and Management; , p22-26 ; Feb 2012
Experts offer their advice on designing performing arts facilities and auditoriums on campuses. As vital campus spaces with the potential to make lasting impressions, keep the wow factor in mind. Discusses designing with the community in mind, behind the scenes, and seating.
North Charleston School District Creates Its First Shared Campus
School Construction News; Dec 2011
Describes how the Charleston County School District participated in the transformation of an older neighborhood into a successful, sustainable community. CCSD engaged both the community and local government leaders, creating its own school master plan to construct facilities designed to attract young families and foster local neighborhood development. Details the design of the new 330,000-square-foot Center of Arts and Academics, located on a 55-acre abandoned school site in North Charleston, that is now a state-of-the-art arts facility and a community asset.
Auditoriums/Performing Arts. Sound Advice for School Performing Arts Design.
Prokos, John; Savereid, Chris
School Planning and Management; Dec 2011
Case study of the performing arts facilities at Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts. Discusses acoustical challenges and solutions.
St. Louis Prep School Opens Completed Fine Arts Center
School Construction News; Nov 03, 2011
Chaminade College Prepatory School in St. Louis opened the doors to its new performing and fine arts center — a $17.5 million, 80,000-square-foot facility designed to support a variety of arts educational programs.
An Educational Magnet. Public Involvement Creates a Community Gem
Cecil, Daniel and Roy, Anthony
School Planning and Management; , p18-20 ; Oct 2011
The design of a major new school is a rare event in the life of a community. In many places, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Describes how the community and educators in Westbrook, Maine took to heart the task of creating a junior high school that would serve as an educational magnet for students and a community/performing arts center for residents for years to come.
College Planning and Management; v14 n8 , p27,28,30,31 ; Aug 2011
Profiles Emerson College's Paramount Center, a renovated 1932 movie house that the college converted into a three theatres, a shop, performing arts teaching and office spaces, and dormitory housing for 262 students. Careful attention to the preservation and restoration of historical details is highlighted, as is acoustical attenuation between spaces of different functions.
What's Old is New With Eastman Music.
American School and University; , 1p. ; Apr 2011
Description of a $46 million project at the Eastman School at the University of Rochester that included construction of an east wing next to Eastman Theatre that provides space for teaching, rehearsal and performance.
Much Ado about Building Costly Arts Centers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education; v57 n28 , pA1, A8, A10 ; Mar 2011
Discusses the construction of showcase, multi-million dollar performing arts centers at colleges, when budgets are being cut in almost every other category. Complaints of the negative impact of these facilities are compared to their recruitment, pedagogical, and community relations values.
Perry and Mary Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.
Lang Ho, Cathy
Architect; v100 n3 , p92-98 ; Mar 2011
Profiles this comprehensive Brown University arts education facility. The asymetrical design fosters collaboration between disciplines, as well as enabling a transparent and well-daylight interior.
School Construction News; v17 n1 , p14-16 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Profiles Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. The building hosts a light-filled shoebox concert hall with outstanding acoustics, a recital hall, classrooms, and rehearsal and practice spaces. Controversy surrounding its funding is also described.
Building Blueprints: Auditoriums Performing Spaces.
School Planning and Management; v49 n12 , p42,43 ; Dec 2010
Advocates for the black box theatre over the traditional proscenium stage. The author lists the cost-savings aspects of the black box, and she mentions also the creative energy that the black box engenders in performing arts educational programs.
American School and University; v83 n3 , p124-142 ; Nov 2010
Profiles 15 specialized educational facilities honored for functionality, frugality, design features and balance, ability to inspire learning, and flexibility. These include dining, performing arts, chapel, special education, and student union spaces. Photographs, building statistics, and a list of project participants accompany the text.
The Key to Designing Specialty Spaces.
Bane, Dennis; Miller, Steven; Cordon, Andrew; Lerner, Jonathan; Aldis, Jonathan
School Planning and Management; v49 n11 , p20 ; Nov 2010
Dicusses specialty educational spaces by providing general design advice, illustrated with five examples from various schools. A media center, music suite, auditorium, outdoor classroom, and athletic facility are addressed.
American School and University; v82 n13 , p48-55 ; Aug 2010
Profiles six auditorium/music room winners in the 2010 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
Green and Black.
School Planning and Management; v49 n8 , p56-58 ; Aug 2010
Discusses the turntable divisble auditorium (TDA), in which sections of the facility are placed on turntables and rotated independently to create separate learning centers, theaters, or lecture halls. A TDS is a cost-effective way to provide all these environments within one interior space. The need for less space also has a positive green effect.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Architype Review; v4 n3 ; Jul 2010
Profiles this Dallas, Texas, arts magnet school expansion, adding a modern facility to an historic 1922 high school. A list of project participants, photographs, and plans are included.
Claude Watson School for the Arts.
Architype Review; v4 n3 ; Jul 2010
Profiles this Toronto middle school, built on a compact site amid high-rise residences. A list of project participants, photographs, and plans are included.
What You Don't Know.
School Planning and Management; v49 n5 , p44,46-48 ; May 2010
Alerts readers that fire marshals and inspectors are more vigilant in testing theatre or auditorium fire curtains, smoke vents, and stage curtains. New products, codes and inspection standards are listed.
Student Services and Visual/Performing Arts Complex, Bay College.
Design Cost Data; v54 n2 , p36,37 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Profiles this multi-purpose building, consisting of a combination of renovation and new construction. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Texas Architect; v60 n2 , p52-55 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Profiles the renovation of the University of Texas' Bass Concert Hall for fire safety, patron accommodation, and increased theatrical possibilities.
Royal Conservatory of Music Telus Centre for Performance and Learning.
Canadian Architect; v55 n2 , p20-25 ; Feb 2010
Profiles this new music conservatory addition, featuring abundant performing and rehearsal spaces, generous public areas, appropriate acoustical isolation, and a concert hall large enough to host professional productions.
The Tatnall School Performing Arts Center.
Design Cost Data; v54 n1 , p21,22 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles this theatre for a private school with a strong performing arts constituency. Aggressive value engineering reduced the cost from $15 million as originally designed, to the $10 million that was ultimately approved for the project. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, and photographs are included.
Booker T. Washington High School.
Architectural Record; v198 n1 , p100-103 ; Jan 2010
Profiles this addition to a Dallas performing arts high school that connects to the restored 1922 original structure with generous studios and rehearsal spaces. Project information, plans, and photographs are included.
Dream to Reality, School for the Arts: How Cincinnati Made it to Reality.
Educational Facility Planner; v44 n2/3 , p5-9 ; 2010
Profiles the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education, citing the vision and fundraising that went into its creation, as well as details of the site, facility, constraints, and amenities.
Seven Things You Need to Know to Build a Better Stage.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Aug 2009
Discusses details of house size, gross-up margins, adjacencies, fly loft height, orchestra pit, accessibility, and sustainability that are important to consider when designing an academic theatre.
American School and University; v81 n13 , p54-56 ; Aug 2009
Profiles three auditoriums selected for the 2009 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. The projects were chosen for their ability to integrate current and future technology, innovative use of materials, life-cycle cost versus first cost, timelessness, safety and security, clarity of design concept, and accommodation of an enhanced educational mission. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
Facility Focus: Auditoriums/Performing Arts.
College Planning and Management; v12 n8 , p38 ; Aug 2009
Profiles Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center, featuring flexible theatre venues, networked gallery spaces, and modifiable acoustics in the main theatre.
LAUSD's High School for the Visual and Performing Arts Prepares to Open Its doors
CASH Register; v30 n8 , p13,14 ; Aug 2009
Profiles this much-anticipated magnet school that will draw from the entire district, but will be primarily populated with students from the surrounding underserved urban neighborhood. Extensive availability of the facility to the community is emphasized.
Building Blueprints: Auditoriums/Performing Arts Venues.
School Planning and Management; v48 n8 , p34,35 ; Aug 2009
Profiles Cincinnati's new School for Creative and Performing Arts. The 250,000 square foot K- 12 features custom practice rooms and studios, sound stages, three performing venues, and LEED Silver certification.
Take a Bow.
Spitzer, Greg; Ogurek, Douglas
American School and University; v81 n13 , p130-132 ; Aug 2009
Discusses the benefits of a school performing arts facility to the curriculum and to the economic vitality of the community. Designing a center around the types of performances anticipated, community use, and aesthetic considerations are addressed.
Performance Ceiling Panels for Performing Spaces.
The Construction Specifier; v62 n7 , p48-53 ; Jul 2009
Examines fiberglass, mineral fiber, and gypsum ceiling panel materials in performance venue acoustical design, and describes how each responds to sound. Also addressed are amplified music/spoken word and multipurpose performance venues that typically utilize ceiling panels in their acoustical design strategies, as well as computer software that allows acoustic consultants to give clients an audible preview of a spaces sound quality during the design phase.
Nothing "Extra" about Music and Arts.
School Planning and Management; v48 n3 , p14 ; Mar 2009
Discusses the positive influences of the arts on students verbal, mathematical, cognitive, and social skills, and warns against cutting arts program in economic hard times.
Acoustics, Sound Amplification, and Electroacoustics.
College Planning and Management; v12 n2 , p40,42,44,46 ; Feb 2009
Discusses natural acoustics, traditional amplification, and sophisticated electronic systems that augment the existing natural acoustics of an auditorium to deliver sound that emulates high-quality natural acoustics.
Centerville High School Auditorium.
Design Cost Data; v53 n1 , p20,21 ; Jan-Feb 2009
Profiles this Centervile, Ohio, facility that provides a 1200-seat auditorium for both school and community use, equipped with a professional orchestra pit, sound, lighting, and audio/video recording capabilities. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Creative Spaces Call for Innovative Designs.
Learning By Design; n18 , p22-24 ; 2009
Reviews essential elements of a well-equipped school auditorium, including fly lofts, loading platforms, lighting, acoustics, aesthetics, and flexibility.TO ORDER: Learning by Design; Email: email@example.com
Architectural Record; Supplement , p48-51 ; Jan 2009
Profiles Trumbull, Connecticut's Regional Center for the Arts magnet high school, illustrating how joined classroom pods create a plan that encourages socialization, but acoustically isolates the departments from each other. Plans, photographs, building statistics, and a list of project participants are included.
A Resonant Ensemble.
Texas Architect; v59 n1 , p40-45 ; Jan-Feb 2009
Profiles the renovation of and addition to Dallas's Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The restored 1922 high school was enlarged with modern suites that accommodate the arts curriculum, as well as providing science and computer laboratories, a library, and student commons. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.