$6M Hillsboro (Ohio) High School Auditorium to Open Fall 2020

Hillsboro City Schools has contracted with Woolpert to provide full design services for its $6-million high school auditorium. The new auditorium will be 23,000 square feet, seat 800, and include flexible space for changing rooms and/or locker rooms.

Hillsboro High School, located about 60 miles east of Cincinnati, has an enrollment of approximately 750 students. Woolpert Project Manager Todd Ford, a 2002 Hillsboro graduate, said the design of the auditorium will mesh with the existing school and include technology and amenities specific to the school’s needs.

“There will be a 40-inch-high stage, which creates optimal viewing from all seats, LED lighting and acoustical design to ensure those on stage are properly seen and heard by the crowd,” Ford said. “Hillsboro will be one of the few schools in the area that can hold its entire school population in its auditorium, and we want to ensure they are served appropriately and effectively.”

The main entrance for the auditorium will be through the high school building, which Ford said will support safety and security for students and staff. The parking lot will be reconfigured to allow for this school expansion but retain the same amount of parking spaces.

Woolpert has performed a facility master plan, and Ford has performed multiple design projects at the high school. Ford said Woolpert’s acquisition of Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects in January has deepened and broadened Woolpert’s educational design capabilities.

“Waller, Todd & Sadler’s experience with K-12 and higher education facilities is nationally known and highly respected,” Ford said. “They know the ins and outs of high school auditoriums from ideal row breaks to ADA requirements to subsurface drainage to the pros and cons of orchestra pits. Their expertise is invaluable and will be well utilized for this and future projects.”

The Hillsboro High School auditorium project is in the design phase and is expected to go out to bid in August. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, and the auditorium is projected to make its debut in the fall of 2020.

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