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When: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Iowa Center for Architecture - AIA Iowa Alternate Conference Room
400 Locust Street
Ste 100
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
United States
Contact: Kathrin Healy

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Course title: Designing Performance Spaces with Safety In Mind

Earn 1 LU | HSW

Course Description:

The theater or auditorium is often the most dangerous and overlooked room in a building or school. There is complex equipment, overhead lifting and numerous fall hazards in these spaces. However, new equipment and planning during the design phase can greatly minimize safety risks. This course will review the history of safety in theaters, identify key theater equipment, evaluate safety hazards and provide information regarding how to implement safety features into your space during the design phase. Having a safe performing arts space provides the owners, staff, performers and audience with peace-of-mind and the ability to focus on the operation of the facility and remarkable performances.

Learning Objectives: 

  • 1: Analyze safety considerations at the design phase of any theater or performing arts space. Theaters need to be safe by design and a number of considerations need to be taken into account throughout the design phase.
  • 2: Describe the main functions and key safety criteria of crucial theater equipment such as rigging, lighting, railings, fire curtains, seating and flooring.
  • 3: Evaluate the critical consequences for not incorporating safety into the design of a performing arts space.
  • 4: Identify the importance of informing operators and all persons in a theater or performing arts space of the incorporated safety features.

Neal Jorgensen will be presenting for Wenger Corporation of Owatonna MN. For over 65
years Wenger has been designing, manufacturing and selling a wide array of products for
education and performance environments.

Neal has been with Wenger for 22 years and has assisted designers and customers in
product integration with function and safety in mind. He has experience in working
performance venues, primarily in theater.



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