Our Five Best Auditorium Tips
1. Hire a consultant.
It is unfortunate that there are lecture halls, theatres and auditoriums that look beautiful, but sound bad. Some have seats located in spots where it is almost impossible to understand what is being sung or spoken.
It is sad to think of all the hundreds of hours that go into rehearsal time by the lecturer or performers so that they can give a flawless delivery and yet they happen to be performing in a space with inferior acoustics. All their diligence may be wasted.
The goal of a good acoustical consultant is to learn from their client what the uses of their client's space will be and to design that space so that regardless of where one is sitting, they can hear clearly, whether it is a choir performance, a play, a lecture, a concert or a multimedia event.
2. Consider comfort.
Chairs in auditoriums should be designed for people to sit in for a long period without discomfort. You should pay close attention to ergonomic factors such as the back pitch of the seats, the general shape of the chair (e.g., curved or straight back), the padding support, the height and breadth of armrests, and the height of the seat from the floor. Sit in the chairs you are considering and decide for yourself if they are comfortable. And think about how they would work for people of differing sizes.
--Young Equipment Sales
3. Think about multiple purposes.
Given the generally large footprints and specialized equipment contained within auditoriums, they are often some of the most expensive spaces in a new school building. And yet, due to their specialized uses, they can be some of the least utilized.
An interesting trend in school design and construction is the movement towards creating multi-use flexibility in these large common spaces, with the intent of increasing the utilization these dedicated spaces and reducing the overall footprint of the school, thereby decreasing construction costs.
4. Go green.
Traditional methods of constructing stadium seating risers have incorporated structural steel or concrete framing. However, recently, the use of EPS Geofoam (expanded polystyrene) blocks used as a structural base for the stadium risers has become more and more common. Realizing stadium seating systems must be cost-effective without sacrificing flexibility, functionality, or aesthetics, many architects are looking to EPS to offer an alternative to traditional methods of construction.
Because EPS material is made with recycled material, energy efficient, and able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is an environmentally friendly solution to incorporating stadium style seating into the project. If your design is seeking LEEDs certification, then EPS can aid in obtaining a recognized LEED accreditation.
--Stadium Seating Enterprises
5. Evaluate your equipment.
Before buying more microphones, make sure you know what you already have in your possession. Many schools have never taken an accurate inventory count of their microphones. Have whoever is in charge of your audiovisual department make a complete list of your inventory. Schools that do this valuable exercise almost always are surprised at what they find. They may find that their mics are in worse condition than they thought, but, in some cases, they discover that they already have what they were about to purchase!