Given the conflicting needs for multipurpose assembly halls to be suitable for both "clear floor functions", such as basketball, and to be able to be transformed into a performance space, Jands recommends that any stage drape system in these types of venues be designed so it can allow the stage drapes to be stored along the side walls of the hall when not required. Such a drape system design then allows the hall to be readily transformed from say a sporting venue into a performance space by simply moving a few drapes along an overhead tracking system.
An assembly hall should be equipped with a performance lighting system including a complement of basic theatrical luminaires, suitable dimming system and a simple to operate lighting control system.
To support the theatrical luminaires multipurpose halls are equipped with a wired lighting bar located forward of the nominated stage area together with one or two lighting bars located directly above the stage area. To provide suitable illumination to the stage area, the lighting bar located forwards of the stage area must be located at a height so that the angle of illumination is less than 45 degrees and no greater than 60 degrees in the vertical plane. In addition, all lighting bars should be safely accessible without resorting to the use of specialised high reach equipment. Allowing the lighting bars to be out of harm's way when the space is used for say basketball is also usually a design requirement. These requirements often dictate that the lighting bars will need to be winched. Jands commend a number of different solutions for hoisted lighting bar systems, with the choice between these solutions being driven by the available budget, ease of use, safety and aesthetic considerations.
Other design considerations for multipurpose halls include the need to control natural daylight, with drama productions requiring a controlled light environment, good acoustics to assist intelligibility, adequate mains power and of course structure to allow the components mentioned above to be suspended from the building structure. Please contact Jands should you require any assistance in formulating the technical requirements of a multipurpose hall.
Recommended Staging, Lighting and Audio Options
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