Lake Highland Preparatory School, Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts

Orlando, Florida

The new theater serves as a centerpiece for developing the performing-arts program for this traditional K-12 preparatory school. It is used for various functions, from school assemblies, graduations, lectures and recitals to theatrical productions and concerts, by students and touring professional Broadway productions.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY776COST PER SQ FT$445.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized team was charged with creating a cutting-edge performing-arts facility that reflected the school’s excellence and vision for its students while reinforcing the campus as a "sense of place" and its connection to the adjacent lake and community. The 29,200-square-foot facility boasts a 776-seat theater, stage, dressing rooms, costume shop, orchestra pit, main lobby, clock tower, various support spaces and a separate black-box theater.

The exterior of the theater was designed to fit contextually with the traditional architectural vernacular of the existing campus. The exterior was kept simple with brick veneer and precast concrete panels, and a standing-seam metal roof. The detailing of the exterior components (such as the brick insets, entry gate, columns reveal and the clock tower itself) reflects eclectic design elements, which blend with the rich traditional style of the existing campus.