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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