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© Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
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Windsor High School Theatre

Windsor, California

As the first high school in a new district, Windsor High School was planned to be a civic landmark as well as an educational facility. The 350-seat theatre serves as both public venue and teaching laboratory, offering an arts core focus for 11th and 12th graders. The unique orientation of the theatre addresses this dual identity with a student entrance off of the  main quadrangle as well as a public lobby next to the administration core and drive-up loop.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided full-scope theatre consulting, including programming and planning services. The theatre, used for performances of all types – drama, chorus and orchestra – is also used for lectures and by community groups including a local opera company.

The intimate venue offers flexibility with an orchestra pit, as well as a tension grid that extends over the stage and out into the auditorium. A flexible upper proscenium opening may be utilized for music events or closed for dramas. A full range of performance functions are supported by an adjustable acoustics system and ample back stage areas.

Architect: Quattrocchi Kwok Architects with Dev Architects
Acoustics: Jerald Hyde
Size: 11,000 SF
Cost: $4,200,000
Completion: 2000