Spring Valley Academy in the suburbs of Dayton OH is a K-12 private school affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The school has strong programs in the arts but no formal performance space. The Fritzsche Center is a new addition that provides a versatile auditorium, toilets, and modest lobby. A future phase may add rehearsal and practice spaces alongside the performance space.
The 460-seat auditorium is designed for regular worship, both large scale and small, for assembly, and as a performing space for the arts: concert band, chorus, jazz band, dance, and drama. The design was extremely cost conscious, aiming to provide just enough isolation and background noise that is just quiet enough. The room’s internal acoustic balances supportiveness, liveness, clarity and the control of loudness, with a few strategically placed acoustic curtains to allow more bloom for a choral concert or a cleaner, more controlled sound for a jazz band. A simple but high-quality audio video system provides excellent amplification, easy recording, and video projection.
The performance platform has hinged side panels to create a simple proscenium for dance and drama, and the ability to hang simple theatrical lights between the clouds. The room’s one dramatic gesture is an operable glass Nanawall partition at the back of the stage, which allows a fair-weather performance to incorporate audience seated on the lawn outside of the addition.