The music department at Lafayette Jefferson High School outgrew their existing music wing that was built in 1969. It was also in need of additional space and modern conveniences to bring the department up to date with other schools in its class.
The new Rohrman Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High Schoolfeatures a new 33,000 sf addition as well as a renovation of the existing 12,000 sf music wing. The project also enlarges the scope of the music department, by pulling in other music related disciplines such as dance, and includes room for future departments. The addition has new larger band and choir rooms, with two new instrumental rooms.The existing music wing was renovated into the music department office, music library, classrooms, and restrooms. Also included in the addition are several new practice rooms, a dance studio and lockers, and significantly more storage space for music equipment. The addition provides a new entrance and vestibule space for the theater for moving in and out of larger set pieces. It also includes new set storage.
The addition is constructed of block walls with sand filled cores, to eliminate sound transmission from the outside, and sound isolating corridors into the instrumental and practice rooms. The addition's synthetic stucco and stone façade is abstracted classical with columns and musically fluid curves.
The project was funded through private funds raised by the Band Boosters.