The extensive renovation and expansion provides a new image for the 40+ year old lecture hall, expands the original 260 seating capacity to 300, and brings the facility up to current accessibility and building code requirements.
The dynamic form is a direct response to the need to widen the seating rows while working within the confines of the existing structure. The curved building envelope which leads into the main building lobby is faced with a textured stone cladding that accentuates the drama of the curved form and leads the visitor into the building.
A new curved, tiered floor provides the proper row depth and rise as well as optimal viewing angles. Rows were expanded to a 45-inch depth and are outfitted with new seating equipped with large retractable tablet arms.
Pedagogical demands of the auditorium required an upgrade of the audiovisual system. Infrastructure is provided on and in front of the stage to accommodate a variety of teaching styles.
The project originated from a feasibility study for the existing auditorium on Kent State’s Trumbull Campus. The main charge was to transform the existing auditorium space into a facility with an expanded seating capacity that allows students and faculty to use the latest teaching and learning tools. Perspectus Architecture served as Architect of Record for the feasibility study.