Paoli Jr./Sr. High School, Performance Arts Center

Paoli, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Kovert Hawkins Architects


    Paoli Community School Corporation

  • AREA

    65,900 sq.ft.





The new performance-arts center for Paoli Jr./Sr. High School not only houses the school’s active drama, choral and band programs, but also is used by local community groups. The entry point into the center leads to a new lobby, complete with public restrooms and a concessions area. The auditorium seats 800 patrons and accommodates ADA seating at ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$170.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms house front and rear. The auditorium also features an elevated control room and lighting catwalk for stage production crews. The stage is 50 feet high with a fly loft and rigging for multiple sets. The backstage area provides prop and costume storage, changing rooms and cast restrooms.

Many different materials were coordinated throughout the project to capture and complement the school’s colors of purple and gold. An energetic terrazzo pattern is featured in the lobby to create color and movement through the space, as well as depict the school’s ram mascot. Stained wood trim and prefabricated panels outline and highlight the stage proscenium and railings inside the auditorium.