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Florida high school renovates performing arts center

Construction has recently begun on a series of renovations and expansions of the Visual Performing Arts Center (VPA) at Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida. The school partnered with SchenkelShultz Architecture to enhance both the aesthetic and technical qualities of the space. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, according to a press release.

“Booker High School’s theater is rich in history and is one of the artistic and cultural ‘gems’ of the Sarasota community,” said SchenkelShultz partner Ken Dean. Renovations include expanding the public lobby for use as a pre-show staging area and student art gallery; a new balcony and tiered orchestra level for the theatre; improvements in comfort, line of sight and audience acoustics; and an expansion that makes room for a black box theater, costume shop, green room, and academic space.

“The design preserves the existing theater as a historically significant place to educate students and provides an artistic destination for performers, students and the community,” said Ekta Desai, AIA, partner and design lead at SchenkelShultz. “At the same time, we have improved the production, technology, acoustics and function of the space, creating an environment that reflects the school’s longstanding reputation for excellence.”

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