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Case Study
Slippery Rock University, Dance and Theatre Improvements
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Renovation and Addition
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Design Services Provided:
Space Planning and Detailing
Theatrical Systems
Architectural Lighting
Flexible performance and studio capabilities     
Safe environments for movement
Maximization of existing building footprints
Key Solutions:

Architect:  Renaissance 3 Architects & Westlake Reed Leskosky

Engineer:  Westlake Reed Leskosky

Completion:  Fall, 2019

More than a decade of anticipation is coming to fruition in this critical renovation of the Miller Auditorium and the East/West Gym, which will support dance and theatre department education and performance needs.  The accredited dance program has been using offsite performance space, and is anxious to be back on campus.

Each performance space is equipped with robust pipe grids, digital lighting control infrastructure, power distribution, and loose equipment packages.  Track, drape, and other soft goods are designed to facilitate the variety of room configurations and use types.  The dance performance space is also equipped with movable vertical boom pipe systems on the perimeter, to facilitate critical side lighting requirements.  An enclosed control booth at each supports design and production personnel while maintaining sightlines and accessibility.

Chris assisted the dance faculty in validating and securing state approval for sole specification of the performance flooring solution that is being installed in the dance studios.  Additionally, he supported the architectural team with detailing of these and the black box theatre floor composition.

Architectural lighting design serves to improve wayfinding in circulation areas, enhance the adaptive reuse of the facilities, and enable quality learning and performance environments for students, faculty, and patrons alike.  Architectural and theatrical lighting are all managed via a common control front-end.  This reduces cost and simplifies commissioning and operation.

Design services provided while with another firm.  Under construction with completion Fall, 2019.

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