Caledonia High School is organized into three separate classical centers of education—mind, body and soul—which are represented by the departments of academics, athletics and arts. Each center is accessed from a single circulatory spine. The spine is warped, providing the centers with focal vistas toward an existing grove of trees. The exterior experience is immediately CAPACITY1,300COST PER SQ FT$94.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms from the cafeteria, natural sciences and the performing-arts center (PAC) lobby.
The programmatic charge: develop a facility that celebrates classical educational components, and arrange the facility to enhance acoustical control and provide each area with its own identity.
The solution is organized into a parti of three elements housing the academics, athletics and arts. The soul “center” consists of a PAC, which was organized to promote integration of industrial arts, graphic arts and music at the auditorium.
The auditorium has 1,000 programmed seats, a balcony and reserved boxes.
Masonry finishes augment the classical concept. The proscenium is framed with oversized stone columns.
The stage is rigged with a full-fly loft and grid. A control room, follow spot room and catwalks distribute premium sound and lighting systems for a complete theatrical performance.
The acoustical experience is enhanced with high-volume/low-velocity air returned at the seating floor. It is one of the few in the state to have a high-efficiency geothermal system.