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Here are a few articles and white papers on a variety of topics related to theatres and other assembly spaces. We hope to add to these over time. We welcome your feedback and responses.

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Lighting PipesWhat may be a mundane subject is really quite important to the function of a theatre for the mounting and use of theatrical lighting
LED LightingSolid State or "LED" lighting is a hot topic in our industry. Is it ready to replace the quartz lighting we know and love? Or is there a middle path?
How Tall Should My Stage Be?Protocol
Winter 2014
Considerations in the planning of school or community theatres. The overall height of a stage is an important decision that permanently impacts the usefulness of a space
Stage Ventilation: Clearing the Heat and SmokeProtocol
Summer 2013
Almost every stage requires some sort of vent system to eliminate smoke in the event of a fire. These systems and the requirements are sometimes misunderstood.
Codes and Standards: Optional or Mandatory?Protocol
Winter 2013
There is often confusion about the difference between codes and standards and how they are applied. Codes aren't always the law in your jurisdiction.
The Top Ten Mistakes in Planning and Designing High School TheatresLighting & Sound America
March 2010
Important mistakes to avoid when planning the typical high school theatre. We picked ten "greatest hits," but there are surely many more that can easily be avoided with good planning.
Hose CabinetsFire Hose Cabinets are required on stages in most jurisdictions that use the Life Safety Code. Some thoughts.
Orchestra Pit SafetyOrchestra Pits are important for many multipurpose theatres, but they are also challenging to design and build properly. Our views.
Proscenium Opening ProtectionProscenium Opening Protection, often in the form of a Fire Safety Curtain, are often misunderstood. A discussion of the codes that apply.
Stage CurtainsThere are requirements in regards to codes for the use of curtains or drapes on a stage. A short discussion
BCMC Report on Stages, Platforms and Sound Stages 1992 In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, there was a substantial revision to the model building codes. This report on stages, platforms, and sound stages became the basis for much of the current code language in use today.
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Lighting PipesWhat may be a mundane subject is really quite important to the function of a theatre for the mounting and use of theatrical lighting
LED LightingSolid State or "LED" lighting is a hot topic in our industry. Is it ready to replace the quartz lighting we know and love? Or is there a middle path?
How Tall Should My Stage Be?Protocol
Winter 2014
Considerations in the planning of school or community theatres. The overall height of a stage is an important decision that permanently impacts the usefulness of a space
Stage Ventilation: Clearing the Heat and SmokeProtocol
Summer 2013
Almost every stage requires some sort of vent system to eliminate smoke in the event of a fire. These systems and the requirements are sometimes misunderstood.
Codes and Standards: Optional or Mandatory?Protocol
Winter 2013
There is often confusion about the difference between codes and standards and how they are applied. Codes aren't always the law in your jurisdiction.
The Top Ten Mistakes in Planning and Designing High School TheatresLighting & Sound America
March 2010
Important mistakes to avoid when planning the typical high school theatre. We picked ten "greatest hits," but there are surely many more that can easily be avoided with good planning.
Hose CabinetsFire Hose Cabinets are required on stages in most jurisdictions that use the Life Safety Code. Some thoughts.
Orchestra Pit SafetyOrchestra Pits are important for many multipurpose theatres, but they are also challenging to design and build properly. Our views.
Proscenium Opening ProtectionProscenium Opening Protection, often in the form of a Fire Safety Curtain, are often misunderstood. A discussion of the codes that apply.
Stage CurtainsThere are requirements in regards to codes for the use of curtains or drapes on a stage. A short discussion
BCMC Report on Stages, Platforms and Sound Stages 1992 In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, there was a substantial revision to the model building codes. This report on stages, platforms, and sound stages became the basis for much of the current code language in use today.