Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture (HMBA) - Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance - page 2 Print E-mail
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Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Dance Studio
Photograph ©Tom Kessler

While continuing the University’s tradition of masonry-clad structures, HMBA’s expressive approach towards design involved bringing verve to the windowless facades of the Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero Theatre. It is clad in various-sized ribbed, polished, and flat masonry blocks. Two rings of continuous energy-efficient lighting are tucked into the three-frame setbacks washing it with light to bring a sense of animation to the surfaces. Inside the black box theatre, flexible staging and seating options provide an intimate setting for both the teaching and practice of movement, voice, and acting.

Acoustically engineered for excellent speech intelligibility, the theatre also employs technology that allows for A/V, lighting, and theatrical equipment operation from both the control booth and stage floor.
Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Lobby interior
Photograph ©Tom Kessler

Relocated to the Music and Speech Building and prominently connected along the existing main corridor at the lower and first levels, the Dance Department consists of three new dance studios, administrative offices, and support spaces. Though similar to adjacent buildings, as with the new Theatre, the Dance addition is clad in a variety of larger than standard size bricks of various patterns and shapes. The three studios, ranging in size from 1,900 s.f. to 2,400 s.f., are accented by dramatically sloping, 18 foot- to 28 foot-tall ceilings.

Windows at varying heights bathe each studio in natural light. Designed for various performance types and instructional use, the studios are outfitted with all the latest advancements including sprung wood floors covered with marley dance surface, a fully-equipped sound system, and acoustic panels. Interior finishes incorporate a series of sustainable materials similar to those found in the lobby.

Renovation of classroom offices and support spaces on the lower level, first, second and top floors included remodeling all theatre performance production essentials ranging from costume, makeup, and scenery to music and lighting workshops.

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