Gallatin High School (GHS), a secondary school in Bozeman, Montana, has dedicated spaces for learning, athletics, and performing arts. Faced with the need to provide an adequate backdrop to its auditorium and present a welcoming performance setting for events, the school turned to a custom-designed acoustical shell for its auditorium.
The acoustical shell system helped enhance the vibrant sounds and overall viewing experience at the auditorium. Designed for large spaces requiring a full-stage system, the shell includes aluminum alloy towers comprising movable panel wings which lock it into place. Not only does this allow for a variety of configurations based on group size, but the towers’ lightweight design makes transporting and storing them a simple and efficient process.
Among the key advantages of the acoustical shell is its customizability. The system’s flexible design allows for easy adjustments and alterations as needed to accommodate different events and activities. The school’s graduation ceremony, for instance, may call for a comprehensive set-up of the full shell system, whereas preparation for a student play might involve slight modifications to adjust the scope and scale.
“We designed this system to be flexible and easy to maneuver knowing student crew members would likely be involved in the process,” said Cindy Albrecht, director of sales and marketing for the manufacturing company. “The modular components also allow schools to optimize the usability of their auditorium spaces by quickly and easily adjusting to meet the needs of different types of functions, from school assemblies and community meetings to one-act plays and solo performances.”
In addition to improving sound quality and offering personalized arrangements, the acoustical shell also features a sleek design. To compliment the auditorium’s appearance, officials at GHS selected a cherry veneer finish for its towers and shell panels. Further, the back wall serves both “a practical and aesthetic purpose as it reduces space on stage and provides a clean, finished look behind the performers,” said Albrecht.