Crossland High School's vibrant performing arts program required a new state-of-the-art venue. SEI Architects designed the new 23,000 SF addition to the existing school to include an auditorium, black box theater, dressing rooms, and a multi-use grand lobby. The 850 seat auditorium was designed for optimum sound quality using appropriately located acoustic materials for diffusion and absorption as well as acoustic redirection using the curved wood ceiling clouds.
A goal of the auditorium addition was to create a venue that was distinct while still being cohesive with the existing building design. The theatre program offered particular massing challenges to avoid a large box feel. Therefore, SEI used a variety of materials and distributions of volumes on the facade to articulate a series of smaller volumes that better addressed the human scale.
The building massing also was a challenge for sustainability goals due to a lack of penetrations for natural lighting and solar orientation. Designing for LEED Gold certification required creative sustainability solutions including maximizing open space, appropriate stormwater management design, efficient water landscape, optimizing energy performance, using enhanced commissioning, construction waste management, using recycled content, regional and low-emitting materials and incorporating green cleaning and education.