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Academy of Holy Names

Tampa, Florida

As one of Tampa’s leading college preparatory schools, Academy of Holy Names offers a well-rounded educational experience but needed a performing arts facility to house their arts programs and to successfully compete with other private schools in the area.

Siebein Associates provided comprehensive acoustical consulting services to design a two-story, 189,000 ft2 multi-purpose performing arts center that would provide state-of-the-art instruction for the students and would engage professional-level instructors and performers.

The acoustical design recommendations included space shaping design and interior finishes recommendations for the 350-seat variable acoustics Main Theatre, and Band, Chorus, Theater and Dance Classrooms with each classroom tailored specifically for the individual arts discipline to create optimal listening and learning environments. Additionally, design consulting services were provided for a state-of-the-art audio/visual system.

Siebein Associates also provided recommendations for architectural systems and roof-ceiling assemblies to provide interior and exterior sound isolation; and recommendations for MEP systems to provide quiet environments suitable for the arts and for education.

In addition to design recommendations, Siebein Associates was actively involved in both the design phase and construction phase of the project. Siebein Associates collaborated with the Design Team throughout the design and building process to coordinate acoustical and building systems, to provide cost-effective acoustical solutions, and to test and calibrate the acoustical aspects of performing arts center upon completion.

Opened in 2017, the Bailey Family Center for the Arts includes learning spaces for instrumental music, choral music, theater, dance, and the visual arts. Each classroom is tailored specifically for the individual arts discipline. The intimate 350-seat Theatre, designed with variable acoustics, is equally suitable for concerts, poetry readings, 1 act plays, and “Broadway” type shows.

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