The original three-story Our Lady of Mercy School was built in in 1928 and was designed by renowned Rochester Architect, J. Foster Warner. In 1941, Architect Leo J. Ribson, who had worked with Warner, designed an auditorium, gymnasium, and music room addition. The renovation of this addition is at the heart of the Performing Arts Center project.
The school is a designated historic building and the project was designed with respect to the Historic Building Code, the Existing Building Code and New Building Code, it was built in 1940 with limited improvements in the last 75 years and is listed on the Town of Brighton Historic Registry
The design incorporates new sound and lighting systems and control booth, beautiful new seating inspired by the original architecture, new and restored finishes and improved acoustics. The auditorium is used for several major productions every year but is also used on a daily basis by students of the school. With such high utilization, the lighting system required needed to be energy efficient and have a long life. The design team recommended an LED networked dimming system with color changing lighting. New HVAC and sprinkler systems were also incorporated throughout, which required the removal and replacement of the auditorium’s signature ceiling. The state-of-the-art color-changing LED house lights were incorporated to engage the audience in performances.
The renovated Main Lobby was significantly updated to incorporate new lighting, railings, display cases and acoustic doors, all complementing the original design. An Art Gallery was created at the second floor and a new Black Box Theater will serve as a multipurpose educational environment suitable for smaller performances, theater instruction & rehearsal, dance instruction, lectures and special events.
A newly renovated Music Room provides improved acoustics, additional storage &support space. A new elevator within the center of the building will provide accessibility for all levels.
Much of Mercy’s success stems from their great accomplishments in academics and athletics. A new marquee has been created as a focal point for entry for the school’s annual gala fundraising event. This project enhances their amenities to support the already successful arts programs. Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women is committed to providing a well-rounded education to young women in the Rochester area.
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