St. Johns Middle School

St. Johns, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey


    St. Johns Public Schools

  • AREA

    34,600 sq.ft.





St. Johns Public Schools desired an extremely flexible space without paying the high cost of separate areas for a cafeteria, auditorium and lobby/commons. The design response to the program requirements resulted in the development of a multiuse space, termed auditeria. The new space serves as a social area, cafeteria, performing-arts area, commons lobby and large-group ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$124.82FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms area.

A multi-tiered flooring system allows the use of tables and chairs for dining, and student studying and testing. The tiers provide room to accommodate four rows of chairs per tier for performances.

A full working stage with a performance curtain, special theatrical lighting, a sound system and a control booth with integrated performing-arts-production sound and lighting panels were provided. Special lighting was incorporated along the perimeter for visual effects.

Exterior brick was utilized in the form of radius columns to create a formal appearance. To demonstrate elevation changes, each tier step is defined by a carpet color change.

Technology was incorporated in the control booth and stage. The space also includes a voice and video-retrieval system, and monitors.

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