A former gymnasium, natatorium and classroom facilities were renovated and expanded. The main element of the new Performing Arts Center is a 750-seat theater with stage and full fly loft. The building includes a second “black box” performance space, as well as classrooms below the theater at a basement level. Back of house spaces include a green room, changing rooms, a scenery shop and storage areas. The adjacent former gymnasium structure was renovated into classrooms, offices and support spaces to form the Humanities Center which includes 26 classrooms, large group instruction area, learning resource area and café.
Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography
Community center updates began with reinventing the former café into a restaurant-style atmosphere that reflects a new attitude toward the dining experience. The behind-the-scenes serving lines were replaced with new food stations, open to dining areas. The second phase of renovations resulted in an updated entry experience and inviting activity areas. This included reinventing the main lobby and reception desk, general store renovations to add a coffee shop and converting previously underutilized parlor in to a theater.
Awards: Awards of Merit, Environments for Aging Design Showcase, AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Remodel/Renovation Competition Finalist
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography & Jeremy Hess Photography