The Moses Brown School is an independent Quaker day school, serving 770 students, nursery through 12th grade. The new Woodman Community and Performance Center provides a new home for the school’s strong music and theatre programs, and for its Quaker practice of meeting for worship. The 500-seat flexible performance space is highly configurable to accommodate many uses. Acentech worked with the school and architects Durkee Brown Viveiros and Werenfels during programming, design, and through construction.
Acentech’s acoustical design makes use of the room’s generous volume to provide flattering acoustics for recitals and to accommodate larger and louder ensembles gracefully. Overhead sound reflectors help to provide clarity of speech and a sense of intimacy despite the tall volume. Quiet background sound conditions and robust sound isolation ensure that each word and musical gesture is heard without competition or distraction. Acoustical banners, concealed behind a wood grille, provide users a degree of acoustical fine tuning.
The audiovisual system is also highly flexible and provides clear, strong sound coverage to every seating position in every seating configuration. Acentech also provided AV design for Jones Library, which connects to the Woodman Center and was renovated as the Woodman was built.
Check out Moses Brown’s exciting, entertaining and fun video on the grand opening of this vital new performance center!