Lincoln High School, Performing Arts Center (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

This project called for an 800-seat theater to be connected to an existing 30-year-old high school. The facility was to function not only as a teaching theater for the high school music and drama departments, but also as a regional community performing-arts center to accommodate professional theater groups and concerts.

The district wanted the building to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$185.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms independently of the high school, and to have its own entrance and lobby. The facility includes a fully equipped scene shop, dressing rooms, loading dock with storage, a manager’s office, piano garage and rehearsal space. The stage has a full-fly space, an orchestra pit and a trap, and can accommodate a full orchestra shell.

The site is between two existing parking lots, each of which serves the performing-arts center. As a gesture to the community and to provide a front door to both parking lots and the street, the building’s main facade became a sweeping curve. The curve encloses the long main lobby, which also serves as a gallery for local artists’ work.

Materials used in the theater include cherry paneling laid in a modular grid. Accent colors of black, burgundy and slate green were used throughout the building.