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WILLIAM JONES COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL– Chicago, Illinois
The new, 7-story, non-prototypical William Jones College Preparatory High School is being built to fulfill the growing needs of the school. TALASKE completed acoustic, audio, and video system design for a 475-seat auditorium, natatorium, cafeteria, library and dozens of classrooms. The project is seeking LEED for Schools Silver certification, to which end TALASKE is assisting the client obtain credits for acoustic performance. Cost: $96M. Completion: 2013.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

LOYOLA ACADEMY – Wilmette, Illinois
It became apparent that Loyola Academy’s long reputation of excellence in high school music and drama education was being hampered by its facilities. To avoid a “spoiled by success” story, VOA, Schuler Shook and TALASKE were hired to create a conceptual plan to meet the performance and education needs for decades to come. The new concept includes a performance auditorium, rehearsal and teaching spaces and a proper assortment of production, practice, front-of-house and back-of-house spaces. Cost: N/A. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Inc)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL – Batavia, Illinois
Completed in 2011, renovation and addition work at Batavia High School included a new fine arts wing, drama wing and fieldhouse. TALASKE completed audio, video and acoustic design for a new 850-seat auditorium, a black box drama classroom, and associated lobby and back-of-house spaces. The school and auditorium design were recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards at its 2011 conference. Cost: $57M. Completion: 2011.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: ARCON Associates, Inc.

RYAN LEARNING CENTER, ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO – Chicago, Illinois
The 15,300-square-foot Patrick G and Shirley W Ryan Education center demonstrates the museum’s commitment to education. The center more than doubles the museum’s education space and integrates modern media technology into all classroom spaces. To accommodate more than 1,500 students and visitors a day, the center provides coordinated media systems in five orientation rooms and three activity studios. TALASKE designed the audio and video systems and in all parts of the Modern Wing, AV equipment and programs were coordinated to ensure ease of operation for all users, meet the project’s exacting standards and provide flexibility for other off hour uses. Cost: $350M. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Interactive Design (AOR)

FRANCIS W. PARKER SCHOOL – Chicago, Illinois
A building renovation and expansion project at this private school in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood included a fourth-floor addition to accommodate new classrooms as well as additional height and a new balcony to the existing auditorium. The renovated 1,050-seat auditorium features a TALASKE-designed audio and video system. It is also outfitted with equipment for acoustic and theatrical flexibility for school assembly, multiform theatre and music performance. Cost: $22M. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney with Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

URSULINE ACADEMY AUDITORIUM – New Orleans, Louisiana
Ursuline Academy, the oldest Catholic school for girls in the United States, sustained major damage during Hurricane Katrina. The renovation of the flood-damaged 818-seat school auditorium was completed on an abbreviated schedule with construction beginning in June 2007. Cost: $3M. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects

HOWELL HIGH SCHOOL AND PARKER MIDDLE SCHOOL – Howell, Michigan
TALASKE was commissioned to provide acoustics, audio and video design for the renovation of the existing Howell High School auditorium and the arts wing at the new Parker Middle School. The school adds a black box theatre to the community’s arts venues. The building features a dramatic central commons area which opens up to the theatre, creating a venue for performances and events. Cost: $72M. Completion: 2007.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will with French Associates
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

ADLAI E. STEVENSON HIGH SCHOOL – Lincolnshire, Illinois
Through five years and three renovation projects, TALASKE performed acoustics, audio and video design services in support of the school’s arts programs. A 2,000-square-foot orchestra rehearsal room and MIDI lab, along with new practice rooms and faculty offices, helped bolster the school’s performing arts suite. Particular attention was paid to acoustic isolation of existing spaces. A full renovation of the school’s 500-seat auditorium and repurposing of a rehearsal room into a black box theatre rounded out the project. The school became one of the first high schools in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings.
Cost: $3.5M. Completion: 2005.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: OWP/P Cannon Design

KANELAND HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM – Maple Park, Illinois
TALASKE’s work for Kaneland High School focused on acoustic and noise control design for a fully rigged 725-seat theatre and for instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms. TALASKE also designed the infrastructure for future orchestra shell and variable acoustic curtains. Cost: n/a. Completed: 2004.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: ARCON Associates, Inc.
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Jerit/Boys Incorporated

LAKE ZURICH HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER– Lake Zurich, Illinois
TALASKE provided acoustic and audio system design for a 650-seat auditorium; band, choir and orchestra rehearsal rooms; drama classroom and music practice rooms. Cost: $33.5M. Completion: 2004.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Legat Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Jones & Phillips Associates

SPENCER LOOMIS ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL NORTH – Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
The school’s nontraditional classroom and cafetorium ceiling required special acoustics design to support speech clarity. The cafetorium, an open space with no rear or side walls, was designed with a series of overhead panels to provide beneficial sound reflections. The classrooms are designed with an exposed ceiling structure, with surface-applied ceiling materials selected to provide a proper balance of sound absorption and reflectivity in support of speech clarity. Cost: $28M. Completion: 2004.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Legat Architects

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BEIJING, SHUNYI DISTRICT – Beijing, China
This new combined elementary, middle and high school serves 2,400 foreign students with families working in Beijing. TALASKE provided acoustic design for a 650-seat auditorium, a black box theatre and supporting rehearsal and practice rooms. The performing arts spaces were designed for Western-style music and theatre performances. Cost: n/a. Completed: 2002
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE (Completed through Design Development)
ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 230 – Orland Park, Illinois
Victor J. Andrew, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carl Sandberg high schools were simultaneously renovated, adding performing arts centers, media centers, classrooms and other additions. The auditoriums can seat approximately 700, with a full stage house and backstage support areas.
Cost: $117M. Completion: 2002
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Incorporated)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

SAINT IGNATIUS COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL – Chicago, Illinois
Founded in 1870, Saint Ignatius is a coeducational Jesuit high school in Chicago. It’s campus includes one of only 5 buildings to survive the Great Fire. In 1994 TALASKE was called upon to assist with the acoustic design of two new additions. The McLaughlin Center for the Performing Arts is a 38,000-square-foot addition that houses a 370-seat theatre, faculty offices, practice rooms, storage space and a small performance area. TALASKE also developed the conceptual configuration of the theatre. The Chicago Center is a 50,000-square-foot facility that includes a three court practice gym, weight room, coaches offices and a dining hall. Cost: N/A. Completion: 1995.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

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