LONGMIRE AUDITORIUM

Client

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Location

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Completion

2009

Area

2,200 SQUARE FEET

Contractor

CHILDER'S CONSTRUCTION

This program called for the alteration of a Lecture Hall on the second floor of the Longmire Building, originally constructed as a movie theatre in the 1930’s. The charge was to create a new combination smart classroom and performance theatre for the School of Music. The challenge was to incorporate the required modern classroom technologies, while enhancing the overall space. The existing splayed plaster accents around the large windows, the wood detailing around the room entrances and the majestic wood ceiling beams provided a great starting point. The new wall stops short of the existing ceiling while maintaining the arc profile of the exposed wood beams at the ceiling. This design of the new wall also included marker boards, concealed behind salvaged wood sliding doors that were hidden in the existing walls. Back-lighting and custom stain provide for an elegant combination of new and existing elements. The entire room and attic space were modified to enhance the overall acoustic quality. The attic was insulated, the mechanical system included double wall ducts and large plenums, the ceiling and ‘reverse fan’ walls that form the pockets for acoustic curtains were installed were installed with multi-layered insulation to provide sound deadening, and the elevated seating floor was constructed with multiple layers of sound dampening sheathing. Since completion in Summer of 2009, the space has quickly become a favorite within the music school for piano concerts and small ensemble performances.