Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 24

EMBRACING THE ARTS The CLC’s arts wing includes a dedicated dance studio (top), a 714-seat auditorium (middle) and black box theatre (bottom), plus music rooms and visual arts studios. stage and bring the audience and performers close together,” Peterson says. “The thought is that an orches-tra pit creates a physical barrier between the audience and stage. So instead, sound can be pumped into the theater from an orchestra room located backstage.” Finishes in the theater include wood-grained plastic laminate, car-peted aisles and colored concrete in seating areas, with ceramic tile detail-ing surrounding the proscenium. Walls are painted concrete block with drywall along gallery levels. “We wanted to make the space look very rich but keep costs down at the same time,” Peterson says. Sound control was a major focus, Peterson adds. “There was a lot “[The new arts] facilities are exceptional with very sophisticated performance and learning spaces, and amenities that the programs never had before.” Fred Herr Akron Public Schools of attention to detail in keeping this space quiet,” he says. “All of the walls surrounding the audito-rium are filled with grout, sound absorbing and deflection panels are attached to portions of the walls, and there are minimal duct transfers to reduce outside noise from coming in. There’s even a special roofing system so you don’t hear rain during a performance.” Supporting the theater is a scene shop backstage and a pair of dressing rooms. Nearby is a flexible black box theater classroom, which can be uti-lized for smaller performances. The arts wing also includes instru-mental and vocal music rooms, which are largely concrete block with a combination of acoustic ceil-ing clouds and wall panels utilized to 24 Properties | March 2017

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