Government and Cultural
Built in 1913 as part of the original Urbana High School building, Cobb Memorial Auditorium was redesigned by IGW to meet the performance, presentation and production requirements of a modern high school performing arts program. This complex project involved the renovation of the deteriorated auditorium and a multi-level infill addition within an adjacent courtyard to provide additional storage and support space, all while school remained in session.
The scope of the design and construction was comprehensive including improvements to the front of house, audience seating areas, restoration of balcony seating, enlargement of the stage and proscenium arch, an orchestra pit addition, stage rigging modifications, house and stage lighting, A-V and sound reinforcement systems, and other acoustical enhancements. With these improvements, a state-of-the-art facility was created that supports not only the multi-faceted theater and music programs but also provides a venue for lectures and assemblies, film and video presentations and interactive distance learning.