Public Charter Schools

Washington, DC

Client: Multiple Clients

Completion Date: 2014

Polysonics provided comprehensive theater consulting services including all interior acoustical and mechanical/HVAC designs and specifications. The facility includes a 386-seat theater with a modified thrust stage, flexible lighting and rigging capabilities, as well as a speech and music sound reinforcement system. Also included, music teaching spaces and four large rehearsal halls, each with acoustical characteristics appropriate for the music and instrumentation to be used within. As all spaces are adjacent to classrooms, care has been taken to provide each music space with a maximum degree of sound isolation to prevent the transmission of noise between the spaces being used for music and those for teaching.

Polysonics provided design for all interior acoustics, theater lighting, drapery and track system, audio and video presentation systems, and fl exible pipe-grid rigging system for this new construction, fl exible performance space, including scene shop and rehearsal spaces. The Washington International School was founded in 1966 by Dorothy Goodman who envisioned an independent school in which children could become functionally multilingual and well informed in the areas of world history, geography, literature and cultures. The term international was based on the fact that they accepted children of all nationalities.

The Charter School Incubator Initiative is a public/private partnership between District of Columbia’s Offi ce of the State Superintendent of Education and Building Hope to provide short term facilities to public charter schools. In 2013, Polysonics was tasked to provide interior acoustics, HVAC and mechanical noise control, classroom presentation technology, multipurpose room sound reinforcement and video presentation, voice and data infrastructure, VoIP systems design, wired and WiFi networks, video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection. The project included renovations of the ground, first and second floors of the building to include 60,000 square feet of classrooms, a library, multipurpose room, kitchen, computer lab, prep rooms and administrative spaces.