Cherokee High School, Enhanced Auditorium/Performing Arts Center

Marlton, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    The Gibson Tarquini Group

  • CLIENT

    Lenape Regional School District

  • AREA

    22,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $3,300,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/2001

Land is at a premium in many areas, and schools are returning to their traditional roles as centers of communities. The 1,500-seat enhanced auditorium/community theater at Cherokee High School serves as a centerpiece for Burlington County, in addition to its academic function.

A fan-shaped layout offers sightlines to the performance areas that are above and beyond ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms school auditorium design. More sophisticated acoustic design princples were incorporated into the plans, along with extras such as the orchestra and choir pit near the stage. Students will learn on the latest stage equipment and lighting, providing experience to be used on future theater endeavors. A concealed theater entrance foyer eliminates distraction to performers and audience members from latecomers.

A separate community entrance gives the addition its own visual identity. The contemporary interior treatments express the vibrant musical life inside. Exterior brickwork has been introduced into the auditorium to create an inviting environment for patrons. The acoustical design includes the use of masonry surfaces and acoustical reflectors to project the sound to the back wall where it is absorbed.