Northern Virginia Community College, Tyler Hall Replacement Building

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SM&W Contribution

Originally purchased from Alexandria Public Schools in 1980, Northern Virginia Community College’s Tyler Building was used to house the campus bookstore and fitness center. The replacement facility will expand on these features, offering outdoor terraces for the bookstore café and specialized athletic rooms. At the same time, arts students will find upgraded classrooms for studio art, dance, music and drama, as well as a black-box theater.

Our audiovisual team designed the black-box theater and worked on the reconfigurable rehearsal hall that has multiple points of connectivity. Student individual practice rooms offer recording and playback of individual practice sessions, with the information stored and managed in a central archival system.

Our acousticians focused on acoustical separation between spaces in the new Tyler Building, isolating the individual practice rooms so students may practice uninterrupted. Both audiovisual and acoustics teams worked with the design team in the gymnasiums, which have a high-volume audio system, a large digital display and multiple smaller displays for events with a large crowd.

Photo credit: Moseley Architects

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