Moya Design Partners completed a holistic redesign of Elizabeth Seton High School’s 7,500 sq. ft. Mahler Center for the Performing Arts auditorium. We revised the schematic design and prepared plans for the interiors. At the same time, we supported the school in designing a new elevator addition to meet their goal of becoming a more accessible community. Seton’s perspective on the value of learning was an inspiration to our team throughout the process.
The project transformed Seton High School’s auditorium into a state-of-the-art performing arts venue. Among the most exciting improvements are:
• New telescopic seating for 640 spectators;
• Sound control/acoustical systems;
• Accessible routes;
• Integrated specialized audiovisual equipment and lighting;
• Advanced sound systems for theatrical productions;
• A new HVAC system;
• and a new vestibule area.
One of the design challenges our team enjoyed was the school’s request to accommodate the retractable seats for 640 spectators. The modules are large — and they move — so we had to challenge our expertise to allow for their dynamic characteristics. The remodeled auditorium also has a new AV platform to locate the equipment for theatrical performances. It took some interdisciplinary cooperation from all involved to lay out all of Seton’s wish list. It was a close and commendable effort between Seton, the supplier, the AV consultant, the contractor, and the MOYA team.