David L. Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, William Penn Charter School | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sited to create a new quad on this pastoral, 100-acre campus, the Center for the Arts anchors the south end of Malvern Prep’s campus, providing a transition between the formal academic campus and the playing fields. The design serves to modulate the scale of the exterior and to help the building blend into the traditional Georgian Revival campus setting. A welcoming lobby doubles as a gallery and reception space. The theater forms the core of the building, which is wrapped by music classrooms and art studios supporting the school’s vibrant performing and fine arts curriculum.
LEED Gold Certified
Size: 30,000 sf new construction
Budget: $15 million
650-seat performance space
85-seat band room
210-seat chorus room
Architecture Merit Award, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, 2011
National Award of Excellence, Architectural Woodwork Institute, 2010
Award for Excellence in Construction - Green Build, Southeast PA Chapter, 2010
Best Real Estate Deal, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2010
PublicationsPhiladelphia Business Journal, 2010
Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City, 2016
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