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  Centerville High School Auditorium

Centerville High School Auditorium, Page 20Architect

Levin Porter Associates, Inc.
24 North Jefferson Street, Dayton, OH 45402

General Description

Location: Centerville, Ohio
Date Bid: Aug 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to Dec 2007
Total Square Feet: 36,235 Site: 1.88 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 29,145; second floor, 7,090;
total, 36,235 square feet.
Building Height: Total, 52’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel/2B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall, steel studs. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. 

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Shell + Meyer Associates, Inc. - 2202 South Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409
General Contractor: Peterson Construction Company - P. O. Box 2058, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Heapy Engineering - 1400 West Dorothy Lane, Dayton, OH 45409
Cost Estimator: Danis Building Construction Company - 3233 Newmark Drive, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Theatre Design: William H. Lord, Inc. - 9210 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46240

The new Performing Arts Center for the 3,000 student Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio will serve as a tremendous asset for the high school’s thriving theatre, arts, and music programs, and to the Community-at-Large. The new center is funded through a local bond issue passed by the voters within the District in 2005.

The Performing Arts Center project includes a 1,200-seat auditorium, art galleries, dance studio, ticket offices, dressing rooms, green room, practice rooms, loading dock and scene shop. The center is designed to relate and function in support of the existing vocal, orchestra and band classrooms, offices and rehearsal spaces.

The new auditorium replaces the existing 300-seat auditorium with a 3,400-square-foot stage with a 49-foot wide proscenium, orchestra pit (with cover to extend stage “into the house”), with sound and lighting systems and capabilities for audio/video recording of stage performances. The balcony provides seating for 300, with seating for 900 located on the main level. This seating configuration allows for a full class to attend an assembly on the main level at one time, which until the completion of the auditorium was only possible on bleachers in the main gymnasium.

The Performing Arts Center will not only allow for the continued growth of the high school’s music, dance and theatre arts programs, but will offer a new major venue for the public to plan and attend lectures, plays, musical and other cultural events, as well as providing local visual artists gallery space for Community artists.

The addition’s masonry and glass exterior is designed to present a strong visible image to the Community, and yet remain within the architectural context of the existing building. This is especially true when the addition is viewed at night when most of the school and community events will occur. The rich and vibrant colors used in the design of the Center’s interiors present an image of excitement to the exterior and one that is warm and inviting.

The construction of the new facility began in October 2006, and through the efforts of the Owner-Architect-CM team and the all of the prime Contactors, the facility opened in December 2007 with a standing-room-only performance … two months ahead of schedule and on-budget.


DIV. 7: Metal Panels: Metl-Span CF-30 Architectural Wall Panels; Membrane: Carlisle.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: YKK America.
DIV. 9: Carpet: Shaw; Vinyl: Armstrong.
DIV. 14: Elevator: Schindler.

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