Paw Paw High School, Performing Arts Center Addition

Paw Paw, Michigan

  • FIRM



    Paw Paw High School

  • AREA

    32,013 sq.ft.





Through close collaboration, the community, architect and acoustical consultant met broad program goals, resulting in a sparkling new performing-arts center addition for Paw Paw Public Schools.

Multipurpose and acoustically flexible, the addition is designed for drama and musical performance through a full-stage acoustical shell and clouds. Stage size and power ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY950COST PER SQ FT$163.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio also support touring concerts and theatrical productions. Seating is arranged on two levels, including balcony seating for 300.

The auditorium house features a sub-floor HVAC system that is virtually noiseless, and more comfortable and energy-efficient than traditional downward airflow systems.

The facility offers extensive AV infrastructure that compares to professional facilities. It provides an appropriate learning environment where students and other users can learn the basics. Dual transmission lines will support future upgrades.

Equipped with a fly house, the 54-foot proscenium opening accommodates a 24-foot set. Support spaces include a scene shop, dressing rooms, a green room and orchestra pit.

The high school addition uses common materials and details to achieve a seamless appearance. Interior design themes, colors and patterns reflect the region’s wine industry.