Sarofim School of Fine Arts: A Renovation Revealed

Claire McAdams ’10

New counter weight system

Course: Introduction to Digital Photography, Spring 2008
Professor: Mary Hale Visser
Assignment: Research the philosophy behind the Bauhaus movement and apply those principles to the structure of the photographic image, revealing the form and purpose of the new additions to the Sarofim School of Fine Arts.

Renovations to the 720-seat Alma Thomas Theater included the addition of state-of-the-art lighting, sound and stage equipment. Carrying the weight of a performance, the new counter weight system uses steel pipes, weights, pulleys, aircraft cables and ropes to raise and lower scenery and other stage equipment. An orchestra pit has been added, a new sound shell for orchestra and choral concerts was installed, and the audience seating area was completely replaced.

The Walzel Lobby now provides a gathering place for audiences; new storage and work space improve production capabilities. The entire building has been made accessible for students and patrons with limited mobility.

Emily K. Black ’10

Walzel Lobby

Sarah M. Reesor ’09

Sarah M. Reesor ’09

New audience seating