Musical Arts Center renovations include improved accessibility

The Musical Arts Center on the Indiana University Bloomington campus received improvements to accessibility and a complete refurbishing and reupholstering of the auditorium seating this year for the first time since its construction in 1971. The renovations, which were divided into two separate projects, started in June and were completed in December.

The first project included installation of new carpet in the auditorium, upgrades to seating upholstery, enlargement of the platform for accessible seating to allow for more seats, flattening and widening of the walkway to the stage on the south side to allow for wheelchair access, a new accessibility ramp on the south side of the mezzanine level and automatic door openers added to both the orchestra and mezzanine levels on the south side.

The second project included modifications for the south lobby and mezzanine men's and women's restrooms, to meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines.

Check out some of the improvements.

From left: Seat bases without cushions or backs are pictured inside the Musical Arts Center on July 23, 2020; a new accessible ramp is framed up inside the auditorium; and an accessible ramp is framed to a balcony on the second floor of the Musical Arts Center. Photos by Chris Meyer, Indiana University

From left: Finished seats in the Musical Arts Center auditorium on Dec. 4, 2020; updated carpeting in the Musical Arts Center; and a finished accessible ramp on the second floor of the Musical Arts Center. Photos by Chris Meyer, Indiana University

From left: The updated Musical Arts Center auditorium on Dec. 4, 2020; updated mezzanine restrooms; and a new accessible door opener. Chris Meyer, Indiana University