August 19, 2013 | Posted in BCPA News, Uncategorized | By

The BCPA has been under construction all summer with technical as well as aesthetic upgrades. Even our logo is new! The following is a short list of the changes:

 

  • Fixing water leaks – The BCPA was plagued with major water leaks during heavy rains sometimes in the dressing rooms, drama room, the lobby, the seating area (yikes!) and almost always on stage!
    • replace roof
    • cover existing exterior walls with new siding, old EIFS walls (basically an insulation foam with a “waterproof” coating)  will remain to double as insulation to make the building more energy efficient
  • Improve exterior lighting
    • replace existing fixtures with energy efficient LED fixtures
    • add fixtures in some key areas to improve safety at night
  • Lobby face lift
    • replace carpet – the old one had a good run but at one year shy of reaching 20 years old it was time to get rid of the stained, frayed, worn and faded nap!
    • getting rid of the teal!  it may have been fashionable in 1994 but this color has to go so we are covering all the teal accents with a slightly more neutral color…
  • Networking
    • wifi will be available throughout the building with different levels of accessibility for staff, students, public… etc.
    • we will eventually have the capability to send audio and video signals throughout the building, for example, a presenter will be able to have their laptop onstage and send A/V to the projector for the audience to see
  • Acoustic upgrades
    • sound insulating foam will be installed in the upper section of the theater over the seats to prevent sound from bouncing all over the place
    • 4″ thick sound panels will be installed in the rear of the seating area to prevent sound to bounce back
    • curved panel under the 1st catwalk is being replaced to help carry the sound to the audience even better than before
    • doors are being replaced to seal the room from outside noise
    • side wing moveable walls getting replaced to help carry sound to audience (and because they were falling apart!)
    • tiled floor backstage being replaced with smooth concrete to avoid extra noise while moving scenery during shows
  • Replacing sound system – our old one has been described as something that belongs in a gymnasium!
    • basically being replaced from top to bottom
    • new digital sound board – old one died 2 years ago and we’ve been using a little subpar board to make due in anticipation of the upgrades
    • speakers being replaced by 2 JBL line arrays and adding some much needed sub woofers
    • replacing backstage communication system – old one worked at about 50% capacity
    • replacing monitoring system to bring onstage sound to dressing rooms, green room, lobby… etc.  – old one, you’ve guessed it doesn’t work anymore…
    • adding some microphones to our line up to add versatility
    • by the way, all the old equipment that still works will be re-purposed either at the BCPA or else where in the district!
  • House lights
    • old halogen fixtures being replaced with energy efficient LED lighting
    • new design will use less than 25% of the total energy of the previous system – BCPA is going GREEN!
  • Theatrical lighting system – old system installed in 1994 became obsolete the same year
    • also getting a complete makeover
    • about 70% of the fixtures will now be LEDs – compared to the old fixtures that almost all used 1000W bulbs (yes, one thousand, that’s not a typo!) the energy savings here will be astronomical!
    • adding some moving (intelligent) lights to bring our theater to the 21st century!  – not only will this add some much needed pizzaz but students pursuing a career in that field will be able to work first hand with industry standard equipment
    • replacing follow spots – our old one’s power supplies were on the fritz and they were never bright enough…
  • Stage floor – if you ever stood on stage and looked down, you would never dare take your shoes off…
    • old floor’s wood is so brittle that it splinters constantly and is literally disintegrating
    • we will cover with new masonite panels that most theaters use nowadays – the beauty of those panels is that if they get damaged you can easily replace a single panel without having to redo the whole floor

Eric is the manager of the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts.