May 2, 1999
240,000 square feet
747 bricks (as of 10/10/06)
59 cents per pound
Kiser, Straw & Kolodner
Gates, Calloway, Moore & West
The Clark Performance Place Terrace and the Susan Runyan Maier Sculpture Garden
The hallway in between the Mylan Explore-atory and the entrance to Health Royale
The Dean Company of Princeton, West Virginia
The Clay Center Grand Lobby is equivalent in length to 2/3 of a football field.
Roman Mosaics, a company out of New York who also worked on Reagan Airport
They reduce the weight of the aluminum in the dome by 22%.
There are 14 speakers total in the planetarium (6 sub-woofers and 8 regular).
The further you get toward the front of the Planetarium, the harder it is to see the back of the screen; therefore, the seats in the front of the Theater are tilted more than those in the back.
61 foot diameter
61 feet wide x 30 ½ feet tall
The Clark Performance Place is the name given to the overall performance center. This space is named for Walter E. Clark, husband of Juliet Staunton Clay, mother of Lyell & Buckner Clay, for whom the building is named.
The museum was named in honor of Charles M. Avampato. Mr. Avampato was the vice president of finance for Clay Communications, the family business owned by Lyell and Buckner Clay. In addition, Mr. Avampato is the President of Clay Foundation, Inc., a major donor to the Clay Center.
This theater was named in memory of Bessie and Rome H. Walker, parents of Dr. James H. Walker of Charleston.
55 ft wide x 45 feet
This hall was named the Maier Foundation Hall, honoring the Maier Foundation. This foundation has been a strong supporter of the community through scholarships, social service and the arts.
A “sprung” is a wood floor that is not placed directly on concrete, but actually has a layer of insulation between the wood and concrete. This means the floor has some give for dancers, etc. The floor has a layer of concrete on the bottom, then on top of that a layer of insulation, and then the very top consists of wood.
55 ft. wide x 45 ft. deep
2; they are manually operated
Special stage walls, which are 15 feet wide and three stories tall. They can be set in key positions that project sound into the audience and curve it around the sides of the Hall to embrace everyone in the audience (especially good for Symphony performances).
18 inches of concrete, then an 8 foot layer of insulation, and then another 18 inch layer of concrete
Over 12,000 sq. ft.
COSI—Center Of Science and Industry – located in Columbus, Ohio
Milton is the make-believe owner of the Earth City exhibit in the Avampato Discovery Museum.
At least 10,000 at any given time.
Skully, Funny Bone, Mr. Pee, Pelvis, Slim Picket, Queen Intestine, Brain, Coach Heart, Mrs. Lung, and Hot Lips
26,550 sq. ft. (including storage & areas necessary to prepare exhibits)—this is 4 times larger than the Sunrise Art Museum space
This is a key feature to attracting significant traveling art exhibitions. A “climate controlled” system actually regulates temperature, humidity and other environmental factors to the best levels for keeping artwork safe. Many museums restrict loaning their collections only to museums that can assure the works will not be damaged by humidity or other environment factors. With a controlled climate system, the Avampato Discovery Museum will have more opportunities to present major shows from museums all over the world.
15 feet high
The art museum was named by a donor in honor of Juliet Clark Alexander, Lyell and Buckner Clay’s half sister. Alexander worked for a short time at the Charleston Daily Mail newspaper, but spent most of her adult life in France raising Arabian horses. She passed away in 1985.
924 (as of 10/22/12)
Art Docents give guided tours of the Museum's changing art exhibitions for groups ranging in age from Pre-school to seniors. Special training sessions are provided for each art exhibit. Docents must be at least 18 years of age or older.
The Avampato Discovery Museum’s youth volunteers, age 13-18. Comprised of students from area middle schools, high schools and home schools, The Cranium Cadets provide visitor services to the Museum’s guests. They facilitate exhibits, assist with special events and present demonstrations.
A sculpture in perpetual motion.
The sculpture is 25 feet tall and consists of three sections: Top, Middle and Lower.