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Green Room
       
     
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Lower Level Lounge
       
     
Lower Level Lounge

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Lower Level Lounge
       
     
Lower Level Lounge

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Lower Level Lounge
       
     
Lower Level Lounge

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

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Green Room

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

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Auditorium View From Stage

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Upper Level Seating
       
     
Upper Level Seating

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Auditorium Seating
       
     
Auditorium Seating

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Auditorium 'Torch' Lights
       
     
Auditorium 'Torch' Lights

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Main Auditorium
       
     
Main Auditorium

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Handicap Ramp Addition
       
     
Handicap Ramp Addition

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect. 

Cramton Auditorium
       
     
Cramton Auditorium

Olaya Studio renovated Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The building, which dates to the 1960s, contains 37,000 square feet of usable space. With over 1,500 seats, the auditorium offers the largest capacity of seating on campus. With help from K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction, our renovation focused on the following improvements:

·         ADA handicap accessibility to all areas of the auditorium

·         Restroom upgrades

·         Enhanced lighting and finishes in all public areas

·         Updated stage lighting and house lights

·         Entrance vestibule glazing and canopy cladding

One of Howard University’s main goals was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We considered the visitor’s experience of the building starting at the front door, all the way through to the very chair they sit on during a performance.  The existing entrance consisted of dated brown metal panel overhang and tinted glazing that blocked the view within.  We enhanced the entrance canopy and re-glazed the vestibule with bright aluminum panels and clear glass.  The lobby which is now visible from outside was refinished with new wall panels, LED screens and new finishes throughout.  A new handicap ramp was built into the side of the building to allow easy access to the auditorium from the lobby level. The lounge, vending area and restrooms, which are all on the lower level, were all completely redone with new finishes and lights.  The restrooms were greatly increased to accommodate current standards.  We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to these spaces on the lower level.  Inside the auditorium, we replaced all 1,500 seats with new upholstered seats that included a VIP section with the Howard University Logo emblazoned on the chair back.  We didn’t simply change out the seats; we also reconfigured all of the aisles within the main seating area.  Our new configuration provided for an aisle that was on axis with the center of the stage and a much improved arrangement for people to flow into and out of the auditorium.  We also improved the overall lighting of the various spaces.  The main ‘house’ lights in the auditorium were not bright enough for general illumination.  The existing recessed lights in the plaster ceiling were too difficult to retrofit or maintain.  So we devised a lighting system with a series of wall mounted fixtures that throw light up to the ceiling.  The light is then reflected back down from the white plaster ceiling and spread throughout the auditorium floor area where it is needed.   To further enhance this feature, we designed a ‘torch’ that shrouds the light source.  This 7 foot tall ‘torch’ gives the fixtures a more elegant presence on the wall and animates the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.

The second main goal that we needed to achieve was to provide a better venue that would allow bigger entertainers to perform at Cramton.  We accomplished this by upgrading the stage lighting.  We worked with the client’s stage lighting designer to install state of the art computerized lighting panels and new light fixtures.  We also enhanced the sound system by working with the Client’s acoustical consultant.  We suspended from the rafters two sets of speakers on each side of the stage to project pitch perfect sound to every seat in the house.  We also made the stage handicap accessible, by building a ramp to provide access to the green room which is adjacent and on the same level as the stage.  We completely renovated the green room to provide the kind of décor and feel that major performers have come to expect.