BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville Board of Education welcomed the world to their new state-of-the-art high school auditorium on Wednesday at a lavish affair that highlighted the new space’s amenities.
It took more than two years of planning, multiple contracting companies and multiple designs, but the $10 million auditorium and science lab renovations have been completed, and are available for use by the pubic.
To celebrate the grand opening, the district hosted a star-studded communitywide celebration, featuring students, artists, faculty members, administrators and alumni. The High School Chorus, Orchestra and Band each performed, with Board of Education President Denise Tormey and Chairman of the Facilities Committee David Brashear highlighting features of the auditorium and explaining the process.
Renovation and widespread repairs to the auditorium and science labs have been a concern of district officials since 2007. This is the first renovation of the auditorium – which was originally constructed in 1924 – since the 1960s.
The renovated auditorium features a side lobby addition and terrace, restored windows, new side balconies and wood trim throughout, reflecting the nostalgia of the original design. It will have a capacity of 500, with improved seating, acoustics and sightlines.
In 2013 , the State Education Department approved the district’s proposed $10 million auditorium and science lab renovation , with construction starting in January last year. Originally scheduled to be open for the beginning of this academic year, the project has seen several delays, including the removal of the initial contractor for breaching contract.
School officials remarked, “the auditorium has been transformed into a sophisticated, multi-use, high-performance theater through a complete renovation and reconstruction, which was finished this fall.”
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.