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  District Three Community AuditoriumDistrict Three Community Auditorium


MBAJ Architecture
201 South Washington Street, #200, Shelby, NC 28150

General Description

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Date Bid: Sep 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Apr 2010
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

Construction Team

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.

Product Information
Metal Siding: Metalwerks
Synthetic Stone: RockCast
Brick: Taylor Clay
Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong
Carpet: Milliken
Resilient Base & Accessories: Roppe
Built-Up Roof: Johns Manville
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: Kawneer Lighting: Lithonia

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