Santa Rosa Junior College sought to modernize its 80 year old Burbank Auditorium by transforming and updating all interior spaces to support its popular performing arts program while preserving the building’s historic shell in keeping with the heritage character of the campus. As the main theatrical venue for the District, Luther Burbank Auditorium has served students and the community since the 1930s.
While adored, the heritage brick theater could not properly support the college’s instructional theater program or the intensive Summer Repertory Theater program that brings performers, directors and technicians from across the country.
A strategic renovation and expansion respects the qualities of the 1930’s gem, while providing the programmatic and technological amenities desired by students and patrons of the 34,000 square foot space.
The program includes a state of the art 400 seat main stage theatre, a 200 seat flexible studio theater, expanded lobby, box office, costume shop, make-up studio, scene shop, rehearsal and classroom spaces, and offices for faculty and support staff. A welcoming entry to students and larger community with universal access and barrier-free connectivity throughout the facility is critical to the success of the project. Through the introduction of energy efficient lighting, enhanced building envelope and use of a geothermal heating and cooling system, the building has been made ZNE (Zero Net Energy) Ready – leading the way for a more sustainable campus.