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Construction Begins on La Habra High School's Performing Arts Center

Construction Begins on La Habra High School's Performing Arts Center

The District envisioned a high-tech facility on the high school’s campus fully equipped with features unique to their performing arts program. The new Performing Arts Center will serve as a beacon to the surrounding community by drawing patrons and supporters of the arts, and giving students the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas between various school programs and student cultures.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival at Indio High School

The Palm Springs International Film Festival at Indio High School

In January Indio High School had the honor of hosting a Student Screening Day for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. 

 

As The Desert Sun puts it, 

"When they got off the busses they were Aztecs and Blackhawks and Eagles and Knights and Rajahs. When they re-boarded they were 500 film lovers."

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Design-Build: Palm Springs High School Auditorium

Design-Build: Palm Springs High School Auditorium

Design Build

Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke recently completed a unique design-build project at Palm Springs High School. This project presented a unique opportunity to preserve a historic building while bringing it into the 21st Century and capitalizing on the design-build experience of our team. 

A Balance of History and Art

History

The Palm Springs High School Auditorium has hosted superstars and high school students alike over its 60-year history. So when it came time to modernize it’s performance and seismic capabilities, keeping the historical nature of the building intact was a priority.

Original exterior of the Palm Springs High School Auditorium,

Original exterior of the Palm Springs High School Auditorium,

Original architect, Emerson Stewart Williams.(Center)   

Original architect, Emerson Stewart Williams.(Center)

 

The former interior of the Palm Springs High School Auditorium.

The former interior of the Palm Springs High School Auditorium.

Auditorium Floor Plan

  1. Performance auditorium

  2. Orchestra pit

  3. Stage

  4. Back-of-stage

  5. Dressing Rooms

  6. Storage and service

  7. AV Control Room

  8. Lobby

  9. Entryway

 
7. AV Control Room

7. AV Control Room

9. Entryway

9. Entryway

Complete renovation of the interior with improved lighting and acoustics. The original red seat styling was replicated to preserve the historical connection.

Complete renovation of the interior with improved lighting and acoustics. The original red seat styling was replicated to preserve the historical connection.

Original interior finishes.

Original interior finishes.

The updated lobby embraces the richness of the original materials while providing modern durability.

The updated lobby embraces the richness of the original materials while providing modern durability.

The new auditorium maintains the original modernist design while providing enhanced lighting and technology.

The new auditorium maintains the original modernist design while providing enhanced lighting and technology.

Original auditorium

Original auditorium

 

Other Design-build Experience

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VR: A Window into a New World

VR: A Window into a New World

A Window into a New World

Once a decade a new technology is created that revolutionizes the architecture and design industry. Virtual reality (VR) is such a tool.

Using the advanced motion and positioning sensors inside a smartphone, VR headsets have the ability to transport the viewer to another world. This ability to "be there in person" has been used for everything from video games to heavy-industry training.

At Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke Architects, we are exploring how VR can not only be a tool for us as architects but also school administrators and educators. Many of our clients carry the extra burden of planning for facilities that will house students for decades and influence a generation’s perception of learning. It is then imperative that they understand the scale and affects of a design and how a facility will operate.

 

Tools of the Trade

 

Indio High School Auditorium

Designed by Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke, the J. Roderick Basehore Theatre at Indio High School is a premier location for musical and theatrical performances.  

 

This immersive VR experience was created to showcase the spectacularJ. Roderick Basehore Theatre at Indio High School. By blending real-world footage with immersive sound effects, music, and simple motion graphics, the viewer begins to appreciate the quality of the building and it's role in advancing the arts.

To get the full experience watch the video below on a smartphone or iPad using the Youtube app. The video will appear in 3D, allowing you to move your device around and view the theater from any angle. 

 

Vision

Creating the immersive VR experience for Roderick Basehore Theatre at Indio High School is just the beginning for Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke. As we move forward with this technology, our focus is on how it may improve our client's needs to understand a facility ahead of time and have access to the information to make the best decisions.