Wichita State University Woolsey Hall
One of the most striking features of Woolsey Hall is the 300-seat auditorium, which was designed to be a true showcase of the school's commitment to excellence. The design for the auditorium was a masterpiece of intricate detail, with brass leaves inset and scattered throughout the side walls. This design proved to be immediately complex as routing square corners for the brass inserts was an almost insurmountable challenge due to the inherent nature of how routers remove wood material from panels, typically leaving rounded edges. This design would require an enormous amount of manual labor, including hand-assembly of the intricate chiseling, dramatically ballooning the cost of the design and threatening the inclusion of the leaves at all.
"Printing the Wichita State panels involved careful coordination with the designing architects, detailed rendering of the artwork and final execution of printing using our large format UV printer."
- Jesse Reyes, Senior Marketing Coordinator
THE CHALLENGE & ACTION
Despite the challenges faced by Rulon and the install team, the end result was a triumph of collaboration and attention to detail. The complex geometry of the auditorium, combined with the uniqueness of each panel due to the custom graphics, presented a formidable challenge. But the high level coordination between Rulon's Engineering Department, the Custom Graphic Printing, the installing contractor, and the architectural team in charge of the graphics allowed the vision to be fully realized. Even the smallest of details, such as a single missing leaf in one of the printed panels, was caught during a review of the auditorium space and promptly addressed by Rulon manufacturing a replacement panel. The end result was a truly stunning project that Wichita State University and all those involved can be proud of for years to come.