Burbank Auditorium to Undergo Modernization


August 17, 2016




Burbank Auditorium

Santa Rosa, CA - The Sonoma County Junior College District is pleased to announce that it has selected the team of TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa and Mark Cavagnero Associates of San Francisco as the architects for the modernization of one of the College’s oldest buildings, the 77-year-old Burbank Auditorium.  After a multi-step review process the selection committee, composed of faculty, staff, students and a Board member, recommended the TLCD and Cavagnero team to lead the redesign of this Santa Rosa campus landmark. The two firms’ prior collaborations include the award-winning Academic Center building at the College of Marin.

TLCD Architecture has a long history with Santa Rosa Junior College, having worked on the award-winning Frank P. Doyle Library on the Santa Rosa campus, and as architects for the multiple phases of the SRJC Petaluma Campus. TLCD has extensive experience working with community colleges and universities in the Bay Area, including the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University and the theater renovation at San Mateo Community College, as well as numerous projects for community colleges in Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties. Mark Cavagnero and Associates, a San Francisco-based architectural firm, is internationally recognized for wide-ranging cultural and institutional projects such as the SFJAZZ Center, the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera and the ODC Theater Center in San Francisco.  The firm's other major works include the renovation and expansion of the Oakland Museum of California and San Francisco’s state-of-the-art Public Safety Building.

Alan Butler, principal at TLCD, said: “Our firm has served Santa Rosa Junior College for nearly 45 years and it is particularly gratifying to continue to support such a cherished institution within the community.”  Mark Cavagnero added, “The Burbank Auditorium is both a college and a community asset. We are looking forward to working closely with faculty, staff and administrators to create a modern theater that will enable the best new performing arts for years to come.”  

The project will include a complete renovation of the interior spaces to significantly improve the sight lines of the main theater and the back of house functionality. In addition, the modernization will address many accessibility, sound and safety issues. A dramatic addition will include a new multi-purpose teaching space which will be utilized by the entire campus community for lectures, classroom use, film studies, theater, dance and music. The renovated theater will have a capacity of 400 and the new multi-purpose space will seat 200. A beautiful, large and redesigned exterior space will be suitable for receptions and will allow patrons a place to mingle before and after shows. An enlarged lobby will serve both the existing theater and smaller theater addition.

The project groundbreaking is expected in mid-2017, with construction completion anticipated in late 2018, concurrent with the 100-year celebration of the College. SRJC Superintendent-President Dr. Frank Chong said, “This will be the first major construction project realized under Measure H, and will kick off the second 100 years of the college.  This design team brings the reputation, design talent and communication skills necessary to meet the expectations of the Sonoma County community."

The SRJC Board of Trustees approved the architectural contract for this project at the August board meeting.

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), founded in 1918, is the 11th oldest of California’s 113 publicly funded two-year colleges, and one of the largest. Its official name is the Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD). SRJC is a two-year institution, fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

The SCJCD encompasses more than 1,600 square miles, from southern Mendocino County to northern Marin County. The District is bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by Napa and Lake Counties.

SRJC includes two campuses in Sonoma County: a 100+ acre campus in the heart of Santa Rosa and a modern 40-acre campus on Petaluma’s east side. SRJC also includes the regional Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, a 365-acre self-supporting Shone Farm near Forestville, the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center, and the Southwest Santa Rosa site. With approximately 3,000 employees, it is one of Sonoma County’s largest employers. According to a study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), SRJC generated an impressive $1.6 billion in increased economic activity in Sonoma County in 2014-15 and provided a strong return on investment for students, taxpayers and the community as a whole.

SRJC’s web site is www.santarosa.edu. Information about the Measure H bond is available at bond.santarosa.edu.