This addition at Brentwood Middle School opened in 2019 as a 72,000sf, 4-story building built into the hillside featuring classrooms, science labs, faculty offices, library, cafeteria, commercial kitchen, student patios, and an artificial turf soccer field. The $41.5M building represents the first of many phases in a 30-year educational and master plan aimed at improving student experiences, as well as improving neighbor relationships.
Also included is a multi-use Black Box theater, choral/instrument rehearsal room, music practice rooms, a film editing suite, and dance rehearsal room.
The theater provides 286 seats on a retractable riser system, an array of compound-curved overhead reflectors for enhanced speech intelligibility and sound distribution, slatted side-walls with absorption behind select portions, and a wood upstage wall with shaping and incorporated kicker shelves.
The choral/instrumental rehearsal room features similar wall shaping to the theater, as well as retractable variable acoustic drapery to adjust the reverberation time of the room to suit the users’ needs.
MCH provided full-scope acoustical consulting.