Design Guide: Band Training Facilities
General Design Programming
To preclude interruption of recording sessions in the Main
The Audio Control Booth will require a large number of
convenience outlets, at least 10. The power requirements
Rehearsal or Large Group Practice Rooms, install "on
for this room should be coordinated with the specific
air" warning lights above or beside room entrances.
electronic equipment planned for it. See Chapter 4 for
E. Energy Conservation. Because of limited energy
additional requirements for individual spaces.
resources, it is critical that the design of the Band Train-
Proper lighting for the music practice areas is another
ing Facility make every effort to minimize energy expendi-
very important consideration. Long hours of concentrat-
ture as discussed in DOD 4270.1-M. Although there are
ing on music sheets on stands while practicing can be
no unique energy conservation requirements or considera-
very fatiguing if the lighting is inappropriate. Harsh over-
tions for this facility, all the approaches generally applica-
head light, glare off music sheets on stands, and shad-
ble should be considered in the design. These affect building
ows on the music sheets must be avoided. One
orientation, layout and enclosure, insulation and glazing,
excellent way to illuminate practice areas is by indirect
mechanical and lighting systems. The exploitation of local
fluorescent light bounced off of light-colored ceilings.
climate conditions, topography and landscaping may per-
mit orientation and fenestration for direct gain solar exposure,
wind protection and wall shading. Compactness of layout
and differential treatment of the different facades of the build-
Lighting and electrical systems must be designed to elimi-
ing can be economical ways of making major energy con-
nate noise, specifically from music practice areas. This
servation gains. Life-cycle costing of mechanical and
includes air leaks at conduit penetrations, ballast hum,
electrical systems in relationship to other building feature
options is also important for energy-efficient design.
for discussion of the acoustical issues which affect electri-
cal and lighting systems design.