Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Based on a team-teaching approach, the academy incorporates spaces for education majors such as performing arts (both production and theatrical), dance and TV production; graphic arts, digital/graphics processing and studio art; science, with pre-engineering, pre-med and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,840COST PER SQ FT$178.38FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized science.

Project elements:

•Bright colorful spaces and natural light were integrated to inspire students and staff.

•The main lobby entrance serves as single entrance for after-hours use leading to a student commons area and auditorium.

•The centralized cafeteria dining area accommodates student activities, and after-hours theater and community functions.

•The 450-seat auditorium was designed as a functioning theater, but its focus is an education space, with a full working stage with motorized rigging and thrust, a mezzanine technology grid and production booth, enabling students an understanding of all areas of theater production, including acting, dance and music, set design and audiovisual technology.

•Infrastructure was incorporated to enable full video recording of theater performances and live broadcasting.

•A graphic-arts suite was designed with four pods of arts education emphasis surrounding a central digital design hub, along with a full digital graphic-arts studio.