This northern Indiana high school has a rich history of academic and athletic excellence with strong, growing programs in the performing arts.
The project required three new major building components and addressed additional needs:
•Performing-arts center addition.
•New ASSOCIATED FIRMScearce Rudisel ArchitectsCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$172.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized entry.
•Mechanical system upgrades in the existing building.
•New site master plan.
The performing-arts center addition is the centerpiece of the new work. Combining all performing-arts functions into one facility enables the school to use common support spaces for performance venues.
The new addition’s massing and materials respect the strong, rural forms of the existing building, using a brick base, stone trim, metal siding, windows/curtainwall patterns, the silo shape and gabled clerestory shapes. The center’s interior also uses visual connections to the existing building’s materials and geometry. The auditorium stage uses a configurable automated rigging system—one of the first of its kind in the state.
With the new performing-arts center, Warsaw High School’s reputation as a renowned performing-arts venue now is established.