New Performing Arts Center and Contruction Technology Building
Previously the only high school in the District without a dedicated performing arts space, Freedom High School’s new Performing Arts Center (PAC) includes a 299-seat theater with classrooms and amenities to support student development and performances. Accommodating multiple performance types and sizes, the facility includes the main theater, a small chamber orchestra area and an adjacent amphitheater. The building also provides Choral and Theater Arts classroom spaces, as well as backstage support areas including dressing rooms, costume and prop storage and stage craft work areas. The state-of-the-art PAC is equipped with a band pit for live accompaniment and a tension grid area above the stage for lighting and technical support. A new entry plaza leads to the building’s ticketing area and generous lobby.
The project also included a new Construction Technology building to support the District’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program. The building provides a classroom space and large adjacent wood shop, primarily focused on light frame construction. A folding partition between the classroom and shop can be retracted to bring both into one large working space. The PAC’s stage craft work area has a large roll-up door out to a partially covered construction yard shared with the Construction Technology program, allowing the skills and equipment used through construction technology to also benefit stage craft and construction of sets and props.
Both buildings were designed and constructed within Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) guidelines, incorporating advanced green and wellness features throughout.