The initial construction of both high schools was funded by Financial Hardship Grants from the State. Unfortunately, the theater interiors and seating were never completed as part of the original campus construction and remained unoccupied for 6 years. Originally intended as very basic theaters and with minimal theater equipment, the design team took the lead in developing a cost-conscious scope of work; saving the District nearly $300,000. By simplifying the building designs, more money could be spent on added technology, acoustics, and most importantly, the learning needs of the students.
The same design was applied to both theaters to create parity among the two sites, but different color schemes were chosen to reflect each school’s unique colors.
The simple, yet elegant design houses equipment found at professional theaters and will provide hands-on theatrical production experience for students for decades to come. The collaboration and diligence of the District, Teaching Staff, A/E Team, and Construction Manager to develop projects that the District can be proud of will serve as a model for school construction.
Both theaters were reviewed and approved by the DSA and closed with certification.