Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center
Washington, Iowa

Challenge: To provide a state-of-the-art venue that was a joint venture between the Washington Community School District and the City of Washington.

SVPA Solution: SVPA Architects worked with the Washington Community School District on the master planning and design for a new 90,700 s.f. High School, which was completed in 2012. The Master Plan included provisions for a future auditorium. After an extensive community fundraising effort and the successful passage of a bond referendum in the spring of 2014, the District asked SVPA to proceed with full design services for the auditorium addition. The new auditorium has seating for 704 patrons and includes a 36 foot deep stage with full “fly” space above for scenes. Support spaces include: a main entrance lobby, ticket booth, restrooms, dressing rooms, set shop, green room and storage areas. The auditorium has its own designated entrance that allows access to the facility without the need to open up the High School. There is also a connection from the High School commons area that provides adjacent overflow space for larger events. 

Completion Date: September 2016

Project Size: 22,700 s.f.

Type of Delivery: 

Project Team:

  • Vitus Bering, AIA
  • Ronald Paskach, AIA, LEED AP
  • Danielle Williams, IIDA
  • Carl A. Nelson & Co.
  • Tometich Engineering
  • Farris Engineering
  • Garden & Associates
  • Electronic Sound Company

Became an SVPA client in: 2005

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