Kirkegaard worked closely on extensive additions to Downers Grove South High School. Three phases of work across three years added a tall, open Commons with controlled reverberation. A new performing arts wing includes a 1200-seat Auditorium and Black Box theater with dressing rooms, scene shop, costume shop, and theater rehearsal classroom. With a full flytower and movable orchestra shell, the Auditorium supports musicals, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and choir as well as school assemblies. Performance AV systems were implemented in the auditorium, black box, and back of house support spaces. The systems were designed to provide the robust flexibility desired for large scale productions, while simultaneously giving the school simple, automated features to support day to day teaching and unstaffed events. The new Auditorium was built on the footprint of the old, surrounded on three sides by existing construction that is separated by an isolation joint. New rooftop units were treated to keep spaces quiet. Kirkegaard also performed environmental site noise surveys before and after construction to demonstrate the negligible impact of new mechanical equipment on neighboring houses.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Wight & Company 2500 North Frontage Road Darien, IL 60561
Schuler Shook 750 North Orleans, Ste 400 Chicago, IL 60654
Auditorium - 1200 Seats
Downers Grove