The Roselle Center for the Arts is a welcoming new facility, designed to blend in with the federal-style brick building that are typical of the University of Delaware’s campus. It is the school’s primary performance venue for the theater and music departments as well as visiting artists. The facility includes four major spaces, all completely isolated from each other acoustically. A graceful lobby and a large suite of practice rooms for students from the nearby music building round out the facility. The 464-seat Thompson Theater has a full flytower, an orchestra pit, and a single balcony that wraps around the sides of the theater for an extraordinary sense of intimacy. It has excellent acoustics for natural speech and is a superb opera house. Its audio system provides special effects and supports amplified speech and music when desired. The Studio Theater is a classic theatrical black box, able to be used in a variety of configurations. The 250-seat Gore Recital Hall is a classic miniature shoebox, with clean, warm, reverberant acoustics. Clerestory windows fill the room with natural light and movable curtains allow the acoustics to be adjusted for a variety of uses. The design allows for the future extension of the lobby and backstage and the future addition of an 800 seat concert hall. The fourth major space, a large ensemble rehearsal room, was made extra large so it could serve as an interim concert hall, with the audience on retractable bleachers. The room also serves as the primary rehearsal space for the orchestra, concert band, and jazz ensembles, and it can be used for rainy-day marching band rehearsals. Kirkegaard provided room acoustics, sound isolation, and noise control design services.
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Ayers / Saint / Gross, Architect, Baltimore, MD
Theatre Projects Consultants, Theatre Consultant, South Norwalk, CT
464-seat proscenium theatre; 250-seat recital hall