Originally built in 1924, Highland Park Town Hall recently underwent a major Renovation and Restoration project by RPGA Design Group Inc. Prior to this project, the Town Hall had received numerous renovations throughout the years, resulting in a complex campus which lacked connectivity between departments, and was difficult for residents to access. These issues were addressed with a major renovation and restoration project by RPGA Design Group, which added 15,000 square feet; to accommodate extra office space, a third floor, basement, technology upgrades and more. In order to maintain its traditional elegance and branding, the RPGA Design Team skillfully applied their vast knowledge and expertise to delicately restore and preserve the Town Hall’s original features, including its iconic domed tower and Spanish Colonial Revival Design features.
Typical of Spanish Colonial Revival Style design, the original interior consisted of virtually all-hard surfaces. This created an acoustical challenge as hard surfaces reflect sounds degrading speech intelligibility and decreasing productivity. To address this challenge without compromising the design objective, the RPGA Design team selected SonaKrete Premium Acoustical Finish for the ceilings of the public corridors and council chambers. SonaKrete absorbs sounds rather than reflecting them; improving speech intelligibility and enhancing ambient sound quality. SonaKrete is spray-applied and hand troweled with each pass to compress the product producing a plaster like finish complementary of the historic Town Hall. In addition to acoustic performance, the application provides light reflectivity and helps highlight the stunning craftsmanship and ornate details. This project has ensured that the Highland Park Town Hall will remain a functional part of the community for many more years to come.