The Bismarck High School auditorium and gym additions include a 680 seat new auditorium, three basketball court gym, weight/fitness room, wrestling room, new secure entrance, and renovated visitor locker rooms.
The new 23,000 SF auditorium has audience seating for 680 and a stage designed large enough for a 120 piece band or choir to perform. Acoustically, it is designed to accommodate large musical performances and concerts as well as large class lectures. The program also includes a Black Box room for smaller performances and classroom space for theater students. A large pre-function gathering space and highly visible front entrance hall allow for gatherings before and after the performances. The placement of the auditorium next to the band/choir rooms allows for easy transfer of equipment and instruments. The layout allows for the music arts to have a separate entrance from athletics into the gymnasium, maximizing the use of the two spaces.
The new expanded gymnasium will seat 1,800 spectators, radio/TV media crews, and allow ample room for teams on the floor. The gym includes a walking track that allows spectators to enter the bleachers from the top side while maintaining the current floor level gym access. New school store and concession areas allow for spectators to remain close to the gyms while the remaining school building is secure.
A new weight room/fitness addition allows for the expansion of the current facilities and allows for the use of natural daylighting to liven up student workouts. The lower level of the weight/fitness addition includes a new, column free, wrestling room. The wrestling room has ample space for a full set of mats and easy access to the gym for wrestling match setup.
The secure front entrance takes all students and visitors to one central entrance to allow for monitoring and control during the school day. The addition houses staff utilized most by the students and parents during the day.