Red River High School Performance Hall – Grand Forks, ND

Grand Forks, ND
General Contractor:
Gast Construction Company
EAPC – Grand Forks, ND
Grand Forks School District
Precast Products:
Wall Panels


Grand Forks Red River High School’s new $9.4 million 33,000 sf performing arts facility includes a 700 seat auditorium with back-of-house support spaces, event lobby, orchestra rehearsal room, 12 practice studios, storage area, a digital music composition lab, and an independent stage lift for performances and set erection.

Precast wall panels from Wells Concrete comprise the shell structure of the theater and fly tower with respective elevations of 44′ and 67′ above the main slab on grade floor elevations. The NW and SW corners of the precast theater structure have a substantial portion of their sections ‘cut out’ to form an inverted L-shape giving the illusion of a suspended sofit. The “cut outs’ combined with tall walls create a high wind shear condition that pushed the limits of precast panel to panel connection design. The west, lower precast wall is out-of-plane with the upper wall panels by sixteen inches.  The 25′ tall by 47′ wide stage opening below the fly tower is created by an 8′ deep precast header panel.

This project received the AIA North Dakota 2014 Honor Award.

Key Features:

  • Custom designed precast wall panel face in the “house”
  • Basement Storage under stage floor
  • Extensive acoustical sound treatments in “house” and throughout

Wells Concrete produced and delivered the following precast members:

  • 10″ Solid FS Wall Panels       5,224 square feet of panels in steel toweled finish
  • 8″ Solid FS Wall Panels         7,553 square feet of non-insulated panels in sandblasted form liner finish
  • 8″ Solid FS Wall Panels         16,046 square feet of non-insulated grey structural panels


Red River Award 1 Red River Award 2 Red River Award-plaque RedRiverPerformHall.2011.#2303.Grand Forks.ND7