Roosevelt High School in Honolulu’s Makiki neighborhood is listed on the State of Hawaii Historic Register. CDS International was retained to prepare a master plan and provide design services for conversion of the school’s 1929 auditorium building into a Performing Arts Theater. The master plan emphasis was on meeting the school’s educational goals, identifying cost effective concepts and project phasing opportunities, and researching aesthetic, code, environmental and other regulatory issues.
The original 983-seat auditorium was converted into a 750-seat state-of-the-art performance facility. The Performing Arts Theater has a new lobby and stadium seating, as well as increased backstage support facilities. The original auditorium was completely renovated to provide a high-quality acoustical environment with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for a variety of performance types. A larger stage with movable acoustical shells was installed for the school’s band, a primary user of the facility. The shells, part of the fly system, will lower when needed for band performances. The Theater also supports avant-garde theatrical performances with the addition of a side stage, costume shop, and scene shop. Restroom facilities, practice rooms, and office spaces were also provided. The school will use the Theater for assemblies, and other functions such as graduation ceremonies and school spirit rallies.
Construction occurred in two phases due to funding constraints. The Master Plan was completed in 2002 and construction of the Performing Arts Theater was completed in 2008.
2011 HISTORIC PRESERVATION HONOR AWARD
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
2011 KUKULU HALE AWARD
Renovation Project of the Year (Public/Government)
2009 PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Historical Restoration/Preservation Project $5M – $25M
American Public Works Association, Hawaii Chapter
2009 BUILD HAWAII AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
General Contractors Association of Hawaii
Contractor: Ralph S. Inouye Company, Ltd.