The Northern High School auditorium is a 1,200-seat, multipurpose facility featuring a stage accommodating the high school band, an orchestra pit, an acoustically reflective stage and auditorium ceiling clouds. The shape provides optimal acoustics for every seat with angular side-wall reflective surfaces and rear-wall diffusive treatment.
The design elements include COST PER SQ FT$105.07FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms HVAC equipment and oversized ductwork without diffusers to minimize noise from air distribution. Air enters the auditorium and is returned through an 8-foot plenum under the stage. The design and integration of this system resulted in a performance space with no background noise.
Sounds and lighting-control consoles are situated in a control room above the rear entrance. A second control station is in the auditorium and used during performances. The auditorium is networked to the school’s broadcast studio to allow for distance-learning programs and web-based presentations.
The architect designed the space incorporating appropriate material selection, ceiling profile and mechanical systems, resulting in an acoustically vibrant and exciting space with extraordinary sound quality.