The location of the new facility will create an anchor at the school’s main entry and form a defining edge along the northern boundary of the campus. The building will be steeped in traditional forms that relate to the architectural fabric of the campus while being woven together with a contemporary glass curtain. This transparency will highlight the two main performance spaces: the dance studio and the theater. The new Performing Arts Center will be a transformative building blending the historic aesthetics of the campus with a contemporary feel spanning generations as an iconic building for the Academy. Not only will this new facility be a wonderful place to learn and create, it will be positioned as a top performance space in the region and a venue that Gilmour Academy will share with its community.

The project will incorporate the existing fine arts building understanding that reusing and retrofitting an existing building while improving its energy performance can offer an environmental savings compared to demolition and new construction.

The goal of the design team is to provide the most efficient energy systems possible. The building’s exterior is designed with a high-performance curtain wall and glazing system in order to prevent solar heat gain and glare from the east and west. Materials and products including paints, wall graphics, carpets, and furniture were screened to reduce VOC’s, PVC, and other toxic substances found on the Precautionary List. Use of these materials as well as increased ventilation through energy efficient air distribution helps to maintain clean and healthy indoor air quality. 

The project is anticipated to receive LEED Certification but the client and design team will be pushing for a higher rating level if possible. In addition, because the project incorporates a significant amount of theatrical lighting, technology, and A/V equipment, it will be possible to submit the Performing Arts Center as a Pilot Project in the STEP rating system.

Some additional examples of sustainable design components for the Performing Arts Center are:

  • Daylight sensors that control artificial light levels and shading devices based on the amount of natural light in the space

  • Landscape design utilizing native and adaptive species eliminating the need for an irrigation system

  • Efficient management through construction for the reduction of waste, diverting as much waste material as possible from landfills

  • Specification of materials high in recycled content and that are available in this region

  • Specification of materials low in VOC content

  • Incorporating efficient plumbing fixtures reducing the use of potable water

  • Specifying highly efficient glass to reduce solar heat gain

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