Tamalpais High School

New Black Box Theater & Student Center Modernization

Mill Valley, CA

The 100-year-old Tamalpais High School’s arts programs were in desperate need of an adequate performance space to support its award-winning drama and music programs. The new 168-seat Daniel Caldwell Performing Arts Center provides the ideal venue for these offerings. The black box theater design incorporates sustainable features, flexible seating for a variety of performances and state-of-the-art amenities.

Along with the theater, the project included the modernization of the student center and gymnasium. The hub of student gathering and food service, the student center’s second story classrooms were not ADA accessible. QKA installed an elevator and bridge to allow accessibility for all students. In addition, the gymnasium was updated with new finishes, HVAC and lighting systems.

School District
Tamalpais Union High School District

10,171 sq.ft. (New Construction)
28,750 sq.ft. (Modernization)

Completion Date
January 2006

Final Construction Cost


High School
New Construction
Black Box Theater
Student Center


2009 Merit Award | Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) & AIA California Council (AIACC) Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award

2008 Citation Award | American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Redwood Empire