Brigham Young University, BYU-Idaho Center Auditorium and HDTV Broadcast Center
- Auerbach Glasow French
- 525 South Center Street, 83460 Rexburg
Auerbach Glasow provided architectural lighting design services for the lobby and auditorium audience chamber for the BYU-Idaho Center at Brigham Young University. The University is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ education system.
The Center’s main lobby has a 76,000 square foot, three-story high volume. Maintenance challenges were solved by the use of energy-efficient, long life lighting fixtures mounted to the balcony fronts, pointed towards a series of faceted reflector disks attached to the ceiling, refracting light to specific areas on the floor. Glowing wall sconces and pendant fixtures help create a luminous lobby that is comfortable and inviting. With large windows at the north and south ends of the building daylighting was also a factor in the design. The entire lobby is controlled by a switching system that changes the light levels based upon the time of day and time of year through an astronomical time clock.
The 15,000-seat auditorium on the Rexburg campus is now home to one of the largest production theatres in North America built for the primary purpose of supporting weekly student devotional services. The large, fan-shaped venue is also used for worship or events of special interest to the campus and community. Auerbach Glasow French designed the lighting audience chamber to be customized for these various uses. Careful attention was paid to the finishes on the side walls and other details to create intimacy and warmth. Recessed ceiling fixtures and decorative sconces provide a soft glow, creating an intimate feel in the expansive space. The general lighting for the 73,300 square foot hall features a dual system that can be used in several configurations. A fully dimmable incandescent quartz halogen downlight array can be used to give the space a theatrical look. An all-metal halide downlight provides illumination for lectures, clean up and set up. Both systems can be used independently or together if high light levels are required. Recessed lighting fixtures and decorative sconces give added intimacy to the generous space.
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided theatre and audio-video consulting.