Reavis High School, Band Room Renovation

Burbank, Illinois

  • FIRM

    SPM Architects, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Reavis High School District 220

  • AREA

    10,711 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $1,684,436.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2011

With only minor upgrades performed over the years to the 1954 band room addition, the district focused its attention on the fine-arts department.

The curriculum called for a cohesive ADA-accessible orchestra, symphonic and concert band multimedia instruction area with full high-end recording and playback capabilities. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$157.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music RoomsSUB CATEGORYRenovation tiered instruction area was removed and replaced with one large-level performance area to simulate competition settings.

Students’ performance evaluations in redesigned variable-sized practice rooms are submitted utilizing computers and music software. These recorded performances enable students to chart their improvements throughout the school year.

Elaborate suspended and sculptured cloud ceilings are the aesthetic focal point to this renovation. The clouds and wall panels provide acoustical improvements. When the movable fire-rated partitions separating the band room from the main gymnasium are opened for assemblies, the clouds provide a pleasing backdrop and visual representation of the performance.

A separate multi-use choral room was added with similar recording capabilities and a specialty sprung floor for the school’s dance, drama and cheerleading teams.