Johns Auditorium is a classically configured, small college assembly space. The building is an architectural gem, but needs renovation; particularly, the auditorium needs to be refurbished and air-conditioned. The auditorium's use as a theater is constrained by a lack of support spaces, i.e., adequately sized construction shop, dressing rooms, green room, costume shop, prop storage, etc. The lower level houses the Computing Center, which suffers in situ from ground water infiltration into labs and offices.
The plan is to relocate the Computing Center to the proposed new library building and to renovate the 16,700 GSF building for a functional auditorium space. If the ground water seepage problem can be solved at a reasonable cost, the College will gain useful space on the lower level, provided an elevator can be inserted to make the building fully accessible. One possible scenario, yet to be fully discussed and deliberated by the College, is for Johns to serve as a proscenium theater for the theater department and constructing a workshop or black box theater in the new fine arts facility. If this scenario were to be adopted, a small addition to the backstage area would need to be constructed to provide adequate shop space and receiving for the building. This area would need to be carefully designed and its less appealing aspects (e.g., a trash collection bin) screened carefully with a garden wall or plantings, as the campus plan envisions a major new pedestrian link passing between the rear of Johns and the new east side of Eggleston.