Extreme Makeover: Cramton Auditorium
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Louis Converse Cramton Auditorium on Howard’s main campus was named for the nine-term Michigan congressman (1913-1931) who was a tireless champion of Howard. The building has academically, culturally, and socially enriched the University and surrounding community since its doors opened in 1961. Now just in time for its 50th birthday, the auditorium will be renovated and upgraded to befit a building that has hosted world leaders, key political figures and entertainers as guests.

The renovation of Cramton, under the oversight of project architect Olaya Studios, will include upgrades to provide accessibility to all patrons and performers; replacing all seating; installation of new sound and lighting systems; upgraded interior and exterior lighting; refreshing performer dressing rooms and extensive renovation of the “green room;” replacement of HVAC systems; installation of an elevator; constructing new and expanded restrooms as well as an upgrade of the lounge. The new interiors at Cramton are designed by KIA, Inc.

Each of these upgrades focuses on enhancing the “user experience”, while simultaneously providing a more operationally efficient and environmentally sustainable building. The theatre will also profile fine art (painting and sculpture) created by students, faculty and alumni.

When the project is completed during the Fall of 2011, the auditorium will provide a dynamic interaction of performance and educational opportunities as well as provide hands-on experience, preparation, and training for students in the fine arts, theatre management and communication fields.

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