Branham, Del Mar, Leigh, Prospect and Westmont High Schools, Performing Arts Centers

San Jose and Saratoga, California

  • FIRM

    BCA Architects


    Campbell Union High School District

  • AREA

    46,000 sq.ft.





San Jose’s Campbell Union High School District was hampered with the lack of performance spaces at its high schools. The district partnered with the architect to provide new 200-seat performing arts centers at each of the district’s five high school campuses.

By designing flexible spaces that provide movable seating ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$672.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized five theater configurations (from traditional proscenium to black box), and one building footprint that integrates well within all of their different sites, the architect greatly lowered design and construction costs. The exterior facade of each theater was designed differently to respond to each campus’ architecture, resulting in five unique buildings.

By creating auditoriums and using the space to tie a variety of programs together, both hands-on and academic, each site achieves real parity and equity in programming, as well as a more site-specific instructional use. The result is part auditorium, part laboratory and part media/instructional space.

The architect spearheaded the state funding process, securing $15 million in additional Career Technical Educational grants to supply 50 percent of the total construction funding.