The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn was designed as a multi-use facility with amenities for the civic center’s recreation and performing arts components, and at the time of its completion, was the largest of its kind in the U.S.
Peter Basso Associates provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering and lighting design services for the 130,000 square foot community center. The challenge encountered by the design team was to combine recreational spaces and performing arts facilities under one roof. The goal was to create a flexible, state-of-the-art center that community members would be proud of. The project demanded a high degree of noise control throughout the facility, specialty lighting, and accommodation of varied use occupancies with differing hours of operation. The location of a fabric duct system and dehumidification unit designed specifically for the corrosive natatorium atmosphere, along with other mechanical and electrical equipment, was coordinated with the strict acoustical requirements of the performing arts area. The challenge of lighting the dome-shaped ceiling in the multipurpose space used for everything from dining to trade shows was met using indirect and supplemental park-like lighting.
An HVAC and electrical system, integrated in close coordination with the building layout designed by the architect, provides the Dearborn Community with the definitive multi-function space the client desired.
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