Three Community Auditorium|
201 South Washington Street, #200, Shelby, NC 28150
Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Date Bid: Sep 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Apr
Total Square Feet: 26,396 Site: 3.62 acres
Number of Buildings: One; auditorium with 600 seating capacity.
Building Size: First floor, 20,744; second floor, 5,652;
total, 26,396 square feet.
Building Height: 40’ at main seating; total, 44’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Load bearing concrete masonry.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall, metal panel over rigid
incul panels. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Mabry Engineering - 840 Shull Street, #100,
West Columbia, SC 29169
General Contractor: Melloul-Blamey Construction Company - 55
Commerce Center, Greenville, SC 29615
Mechanical Engineer: Mechanical Design, Inc. - 4403 Broad River
Road, Columbia, SC 29210
Electrical Engineer: SIMS Group - 800 Columbiana Drive, #208,
Irmo, SC 29063
Interior Consultant: Freespace Design - North Church Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202
Spartanburg School District Three commissioned MBAJ Architecture to
design a new 600-seat auditorium that would serve the District's
students and the communities as a whole. While located on the campus of
Broome High School, the architecture of the auditorium blends with the
adjacent high school building yet strategically conveys its own identity
since it serves as a community gathering place for performances, civic
ceremonies, and a venue for visiting performing arts. Designed with a
large curved window wall at the front to beckon event goers and allow
for a strong connection to the adjoining plaza, careful planning ensures
handicap accessibility and direct paths from parking and drop-off areas.
Programmable LED exterior lighting enlivens the facades at night.
Taking a cue from the District's mission statement, "Steeped in
History...Focused on the Future," the design incorporates natural stone
and the area's textile heritage together with futuristic lines attained
by glass and metal. In the Lobby, a thirty-foot high water-wall creates
a welcoming ambience and reflects the nearby waterfalls, once a source
of power and holding the promise of future recreation and development.
The terrazzo lobby floor is derived from the intricate weavings of
textiles once produced in the area and is interspersed with radiating
rings symbolizing water which has always played an important role in the
area's development. Inside the Auditorium, walls feature a lattice
design based on a historic pergola nearby. The hand-crafted wall sconces
are a modern interpretation of a textile bobbin apparatus.
The Plan allows for complete control of the spaces with opportunities to
open portions of the building for different functions. In addition to a
generous lobby and performance space the building provides dressing
rooms, technical support, and a set-design workshop with sophisticated
audio, lighting, and rigging systems. The energy saving methods used on
this project included the use of occupancy sensors and a lighting
control panel. Energy-efficient lighting was used throughout the
building, resulting in a Light Power Density (LDP) 40% below the ASHRAE
90.1 standard. Efficient LED Lighting was used for facade lighting on
the exterior of the building. As for HVAC, high-efficiency gas boilers
were utilized as well as lower-flow plumbing fixtures.
The desire from instructors and administration was to create a space
which would inspire and excite their students; a space that goes beyond
meeting mere program requirements, rather a structure that embodies
their belief in their student's future promise.
Metal Siding: Metalwerks
Synthetic Stone: RockCast
Brick: Taylor Clay
Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong
Resilient Base & Accessories: Roppe
Built-Up Roof: Johns Manville
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: Kawneer Lighting: