University of South Dakota Slagle Hall Auditorium Renovation

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      Slagle Auditorium, first opened in 1925, suffered from water damage; outdated seating and view angles; and poor acoustics, given the space’s use. The design team began by reshaping the entire stage including reconstructing the theatrical gridiron, resurfacing and extending the stage, and adding additional structure to the proscenium to allow for larger performing equipment. The renovation updated the building to modern building codes including distributed accessible seating, restrooms, and accessible stage access. Many of these changes were incorporated into the reshaping of the entry procession, simultaneously enlarging the lobby, allowing for multi-tiered entry and seating, re-aligning sight lines, and providing sound and light locks to prevent disruption of performances.