As the fourth consecutive project on the school’s campus, renovation and additions to the existing flat-floor multi-purpose room revitalize and create a
comprehensive state-of-the-art performing and visual arts facility in the heart of this private school’s growing campus. A contemporary glass entry pavilion creates a distinct entry and engages the plaza for a unifying point of arrival. A new control room and new theater-style raked seating accommodates the entire school and improves the theater, music and dance capabilities. The ceiling of the main auditorium is removed to expose the steel truss work and to dynamically enrich the interior space, while also providing the ability to more finely tune the acoustic needs of varied performances. Honest, warm and inviting materials further reflect the school’s Quaker values. Additional renovations expand the visual arts programs with large and dedicated photography, printmaking, drawing and painting classrooms, which surround a refurbished gallery for student and guest art work. A small addition on the rear of the building creates important space for a new scene shop, mechanical systems, and access to the above-stage wire tension grid for students to manage the technology of productions.
Team: Morabito Consultants - Structural Engineer; Mueller Associates - Mechanical & Electrical Engineer; Theatre Consultants Collaborative - Theatre Consultant; Threshold Acousitcs - Acoustic Consultant; Gower Thompson - Civil Engineer
Owner: Friends School of Baltimore
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Construction Cost: $6,785,000
Area: 15,885 sf
Program: auditorium, control room, scene shop, support space, studios, classrooms, and a gallery