Davenport North Performing Arts Center Davenport North Performing Arts Center

Davenport North Performing Arts Center

Challenge

Davenport North High School needed a new multipurpose space designed to meet the varied needs of the school's award-winning band, vocal, drama, and dance programs.

Solution

The main feature of this is the 799-seat auditorium. The state-of-the-art facility features a thrust stage, an orchestra pit, and a 45-foot-high fly loft. The interior features a rich, warm color scheme that is complemented by acoustical treatments that add to the character of this showplace. Adjoining the auditorium space is a spacious lobby capable of accommodating large group receptions, a black box/rehearsal classroom for smaller groups and a drama classroom. Other support spaces include a scene shop, a wardrobe area, a faculty lounge/workroom space, audio and visual control rooms and public restrooms.

Impact

The new facility not only provides an innovative new performance space for all of the school’s arts programming, but is now also utilized by the Davenport community for a variety of events.

This project received a Special Achievement Award from the Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois and an Honorable Mention from the Steel Joist Institute for structural engineering.
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