Located in Detroit, Michigan, the new Samuel C. Mumford High School is one of the largest construction projects in the Detroit Public Schools’ bond program and accommodates more than 1,500 students. Designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates, with a construction cost of approximately $53 million, the 239,900 square foot building is a LEED Silver Certified state-of-the-art facility. It was created to function as a series of smaller learning communities within a larger campus. It is anchored by a spacious, bright open commons featuring a cafeteria, studying and meeting spaces. Adjacent to the commons is the media center with access to the recently added performing arts wing, which features an 800-seat auditorium. The athletic wing features a 1,200-seat gymnasium and an eight-lane swimming pool. The auditorium was designed to provide a clear, comfortable and supportive internal acoustic environment for its multiple uses, including chamber music, band and chorus performances, recitals, drama theatre and musicals, lectures and assemblies. The 800 seats have been distributed into main orchestra, parterre and balcony. The front part of the main floor seating is dedicated for orchestra pit ensemble. The cheek walls and overhead reflectors were shaped to be supportive, provide clear and easy sound propagation, creating a sense of intimacy. The careful design and detailing of the HVAC and lighting systems ensured a quiet background noise. In addition to the auditorium, our efforts included the interior acoustics, isolation and noise control design of the Band, Chorus, and Drama classrooms, the gymnasium, pool and the cafeteria areas.
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Bill Conner Associates LLC