Marian Preparatory School, Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center

Omaha, Nebraska

Holland Basham Architects (HBA) was chosen by Marian Preparatory School to design a new performing arts center on their high school campus. The facility, named the Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center, includes space for several fine arts disciplines: a performance auditorium, dressing room, instrumental room, dance studio, and entrance lobby with a gallery ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$322.58FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms display student artwork. The 400-seat auditorium was designed in conjunction with a Theatre Planning consultant, Schuler Shook, who assisted in the design of the stage, the back-of-house theater operations and the auditorium seating configuration. The facility also includes set-building space, a green room, and administrative offices.

This 22,000-square-foot facility is an addition to the existing school. HBA designers worked with Marian Preparatory School to connect the performing arts center in a way that maintained a smooth flow of student traffic. The main challenge was designing the building to complement the existing school design. Due to the auditorium’s 50-foot fly space, the architects designed the building to step up gradually so the height of the new facility was not overwhelming.

Associated firms: Schuler Shook (theater consultants); Morrissey Engineering (mechanical, electrical, plumbing); Nielsen-Baumert Engineering (structural engineer); Lamp-Rynearson (civil engineer); MCL (contractor); Dominique Cheenne (acoustical); Diversified Design Group (Sound and A/V).