The new Lake Stevens High School Performing Arts Center was designed to meet the educational goals for the high school, as well as fill a growing need in the community for a facility to host visiting theater groups, musical productions and visiting speakers. It was positioned on campus in a manner that allows the community to use the facility without disrupting any CAPACITY451COST PER SQ FT$170.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio programs.
The center seats 450 people. This size allows for an entire class of students to use the facility. Tablet arms were provided on the chairs so that class testing also could occur in this space.
Support spaces for the new 9,700-square-foot facility include: 900-square-foot drama classroom which doubles as a green room during drama productions; Two dressing room/restroom facilities, each large enough to accommodate 20 people; Loading dock and side stage large enough for construction and storage of props; The lobby, which has direct access to both the future commons and the guest parking lot.
The two-story wall of the main entry lobby is slightly curved and oriented toward the guest parking lot. This shape is a subtle contrast to the stiff rectangular forms of the existing campus structures. The entry plaza also extends toward the parking area and dropoff lane.