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  • Henry Ashburn

Brentwood Middle School Arts Building Complete!

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, a drama rehearsal room, 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.

From a faculty review of the first student performance in November, 2019... "... the audience was wowed by stage lighting that transported us to an eerie autumn night... and strong acoustics that allowed the students to project their voices to the back of the house."

MCH provided full-scope acoustical consulting.

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