Outstanding Design – American School & University: Architectural Portfolio
Outstanding Educational Design Award 2012 – Indiana Excellence in Masonry
Outstanding Project: Sustainability & Learning – ASBJ Learning by Design
Location: LaPorte, IN
Size: 26,000 sq. ft.
Type: Addition and Renovation
Services: Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Interiors, Energy, Civil, Landscape Architecture, Technology, Construction Administration
Needing to transform an outdated auditorium into a Performing Arts Center (PAC) on a constricted site, Schmidt Associates developed a design that “flipped” the original facility. The old “back of house” space will now be seating, and the seating will be the stage.
A small addition allows for the state-of-the-art PAC to have a full working fly; LED theatrical lighting; sound systems; and digitally-controlled, motor-assisted rigging. The acoustical reconfiguration of the space will deliver the highest quality of sound for all types of performances. With more than 850 seats, there will be increased capacity for all venues. New “back of house” facilities include a scene shop with overhead coiling doors leading directly onto the back stage and professional quality dressing rooms.
The new PAC is an educational environment, as well as a highly specialized performance and celebration space that will inspire both the audience and the performers.
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