The challenge on this project was to create a fine-arts center that could stand on its own while supporting the high school’s fine-arts activities. Designers gave the facility its own dedicated entry and foyer facing the city street. A second entry and foyer area on the side connects to the high school’s fine-arts neighborhood to complement the school’s FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music RoomsSUB CATEGORYSpecialized objectives. The two entries are connected by a long, L-shaped lobby area and can be used to support performance activities.
The former exterior, covered canopy of the high school has been converted into a large interior art gallery space where students display their work.
The performance area is 92 feet wide and 45 feet deep. The proscenium extends 55 feet from one side of the stage to the other. Thrusts on either side of the stage allow the performance to extend into the audience. The scene shop is designed so that backdrops and sets can be built up to 16 feet tall and rolled directly onto the stage.
The 1,000-seat house itself is fan-shaped to establish a more intimate setting, better view and better sound for the audience.
A full-working stage includes a flyloft with catwalk that enables productions to use props and backdrops that can be lowered in and lifted out.