Auditorium with wood panelled walls and grey seats

Glenlyon Norfolk School Performing Arts Complex


Arts + Culture, Education K-12








  • Low velocity, displacement ventilation systems with air delivered at the face of the tier risers throughout the seating chamber by toe-space supply air diffusers.
  • The installation of air-cooled, high performance heat pumps, located on the adjacent existing building roof space. Equipment operation is limited to daytime hours, to respect the neighbourhood acoustic concerns.
  • High efficiency, condensing type, natural gas boilers provide supplemental heating during nighttime operations and when outdoor conditions dictate

Project Details

The Glenlyon-Norfolk School’s Pemberton Woods Campus, discreetly located in the surrounding residential neighbourhood, provides a quiet and picturesque home for the school’s new, 375-seat Performing Arts Theatre. The school required the project to include significant sustainability goals and a design that would respect the neighbours.

The facility was also to include strategies to incorporate expansion of the mechanical systems to serve the future development of the campus facilities, as projected in the campus master planning study. The Performing Arts Centre (the Centre) includes the theatre, rehearsal and stage properties spaces.

AME provided mechanical systems design for the Centre including the plumbing, fire protection, HVAC and control systems. The primary goals of the mechanical systems were audience/performer comfort and exceptional acoustic performance.