Greater Amsterdam School District, Bert DeRose Theater

Amsterdam, New York

To provide a contemporary and functional theater space for students and the community, Bert DeRose Theater underwent a complex renovation and was rededicated to honor the district’s adored teacher and drama adviser, and celebrate a new vivacity for all future performances.

Poor acoustics, inadequate lighting and sound systems, dilapidated seating, and insufficient ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms systems marred many of the district’s earlier performances. Existing sound and lighting-control systems were situated awkwardly adjacent to the proscenium.

To provide a modern lighting design, the architect designed a state-of-the-art control booth at the back of the house. Two lighting systems were installed: an induction lighting system used for general-purpose lighting and an incandescent lighting system used for all productions and special theater functions.

Comfortable, durable seating replaced the outdated and damaged seating. Four ADA-designated seating areas at the front and back of the house, and an accessible ramp improved accessibility.

The existing plaster ceiling was removed, which increased the volume of the space to incorporate three sets of distinct acoustical panels. Reflector panels were suspended from the ceiling, sound-absorption panels were installed at the back of the house, and sound-diffusing panels were installed at the audience level—all working together to promote an optimal audio experience.