Minnetonka High School, Lobby and Auditorium Upgrades

Minnetonka, Minnesota

The goal of this renovation was to create an ambience that is on par with the superb performances held in the space. The district wanted the auditorium and lobby to convey a message of excellence described in its vision statement: "Inspiring in Everyone a Passion to Excel."

The lobby uses warm and rich materials. Wood ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMClark Engineering Corporation; Kvernstoen, Ronnholm & AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$108.23CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms highlights ceiling beams and accent walls. Large-scale tiles, fabric panels, a custom etched-glass logo and pendent light fixtures enrich the space.

The auditorium is brought alive by an undulating wood-paneled wall, backlighted with LED lights individually controlled from the lighting board for color and animation. The auditorium now envelops the audience during performances with a vast array of lighting special effects, from dancing around the room, creating a wave effect, to a flash of lighting. When not lighted, the lighting panels create a warm feel and improve acoustics with their installation at multiple angles.

A new floor and careful replacement of the seats have helped sightlines considerably.

"An all-around beautiful space that shows a well-executed use of light and materials. The lobby/pre-function area is outstanding."--2010 jury