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Performing Arts Center, Palo Alto Unified School District
Palo Alto, CA
Media Arts Center, Palo Alto Unified School District
High-performing meets
performing arts.
A state-of-the-art facility takes center stage.
Traditional design (with space for avant-garde).
Situated in close proximity to existing drama, choir and music programs, Palo Alto High School’s Performing Arts Center creates new, flexible spaces—and new opportunities—for each.

Providing community gathering and meeting areas as well as performance space, the facility is fully equipped with the latest A/V technology, and can accommodate an entire grade group for orientations, lectures and assemblies.

The exterior elevation features traditional design elements, including covered porches and arcades. Multifunctional, the gabled roof utilizes a simply conveying system to channel and discharge water, while the porches and arcades offer shading to reduce heat gain.

With construction recently completed, “Paly” now boasts a state-of-the-art facility on par with its famed arts programs—a truly (award) winning combination.
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Aesthetically it’s just stunning for me. It gives me a feeling of inevitability, like it’s meant to be there.”
Dan Tom
School Board Member
Palo Alto High School
Project Data
Performing Arts Center 2009-D0010-000
Palo Alto Unified School District
Palo Alto, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
31,500
CONSTRUCTION COST
$23.8 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2016
Project Team
  • Erwin Lee
    AIA
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Lien Pham
    Architecture + Design

  • David Rausch
    AIA, LEED Green Associate, CCS, CCCA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

A state-of-the-art facility takes center stage.
Performing Arts Center, Palo Alto Unified School District
Palo Alto, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
High-performing meets
performing arts.
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