Napa Education Center

Napa Education Center

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Historic Renovation of District Offices & AuditoriumSeismic Upgrades & Historic Theater Renovation

Napa Valley Unified School District | Napa, CA
60,000 sf

This magnificent, historic 1922 neo-classical building inspires great community pride as many generations of Napa residents fondly recall spending their formative years learning in its classrooms. The 5.1 magnitude Napa Earthquake in 2000 heavily damaged the building, requiring California Office of Emergency Services funding. The design team installed a series of hidden steel-braced frames and other structural upgrades – without impacting the historic façades – as well as renovated its historic performing arts theater, administration and board room spaces.

The theater’s false ceiling was removed to uncover a detailed ceiling and proscenium, 1960s seating was replaced, new house and stage lighting, acoustical systems and fly-loft rigging were installed and the lobby and back stage areas were renovated. The theater’s seating area is now split between a 470-seat main floor and a 180-seat balcony.

The administration and board room spaces were fully renovated, including removing low ceilings; and adding new plaster ceilings, finishes and wood doors. In addition, exterior concrete and plaster, including parapet reliefs and statuary, were repaired and painted.


  • 2006 Merit Award, Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award | Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) & American Institute of Architects/California Council (AIACC)
  • 2006 Merit Award | American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Redwood Empire


  • 680 Seat Theater
  • Major Seismic Upgrades
  • History Room


Without question…you are the very best for which any school district could hope. Don Evans, District Facilities Consultant