Arts Building, Cafeteria and Theater Modernization
San Mateo Union High School District
San Mateo, Calif.
- Completion Date: October 2013
- Square Footage: 7,300 (New Construction) / 65,460 (Modernization)
- Final Project Cost: $24M
As part of the district’s Measure M bond initiative, work included a major renovation to the Industrial Arts Classroom wing. The renovation included a new Special Education Center with centralized work area for work experience and life skills, fine arts and ceramics classrooms, a renewable energy lab, digital media arts spaces, new dance studio with cushioned floor and large north windows, and a major cafeteria modernization.
In addition, both of the school’s theaters underwent renovations. Originally designed as a simple auditorium with poor acoustics and sightlines, this major modernization of Hillsdale High School’s large theater provided quality features needed for today’s high school musical and dramatic performances. A new raked floor and steeply sloped parterre greatly improved stage views while the new state of the art control room and remote recording studio support the school’s multifaceted AV and recording programs. The new two-story glass lobby provides a compelling sense of entry for events and provides access to the theater’s upper and lower seating areas as well as to concession and ticketing. Likewise, the school’s 250-seat “Little Theater” was equipped with the high acoustic quality and theater amenities expected of a larger theater, including a new control room, new finishes, and a state of the art lighting system.
- High School
- Fine Art
- Digital Art
- Dance Studio
Each theater contained different elements, limitations, and opportunities. QKA was the guiding force in designing dynamic interior spaces that could accommodate all types of performance pieces.Elizabeth McManus, Associate Superintendent of Business Services, SMUHSD