Combs High School Celebrates Completion of New Performing Arts Center
Community invited to tour San Tan Valley's first professional theater space on January 29th
By: McCarthy Building Companies
The new Performing Arts Center was designed for maximum functionality for students, educators and audience members, accommodating 500 people. To serve area arts education programs and the broader San Tan community, the Center is being used as a hands-on teaching space for the school's Stagecraft and Fine Arts programs and is acoustically balanced for both amplified sound and live performances. The lobby offers a display gallery to showcase student art pieces, and the back of house includes a dance classroom, scene shop, costume area, dressing rooms and a black box theater that doubles as a drama classroom. In addition, the entire auditorium, pre-function lobby facing the Superstition Mountains and a large shaded outdoor space are available to community members to rent for personal or business use.
"I am thankful for the community's support as this facility houses both our growing fine arts student programs and provides a much-needed venue for community use," said J.O. Combs Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gayle Blanchard. "Separate entrances allow for flexible use and scheduling between our school and community events. The acoustics of the house, integration of state-of-the-
Who: J.O. Combs Unified School District administration and staff, students, members of the project team and community members
What: Ribbon cutting and open house
Where: Combs Performing Arts Center, 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley, Ariz.
When: 4-7 p.m. Jan. 29, 2019 (4 p.m. ribbon cutting, 4:15-7 p.m. open house)
"This project illustrates that creative design and construction solutions combined with smart budgeting can elevate a school theater beyond status quo to a professional quality theater for the entire community to enjoy," said Steve Poulin, vice president of operations for McCarthy Building Companies Education Services team.
The 13-month construction project included DLR Group as the architect, and McCarthy Building Companies as the general contractor. Construction management services were provided by Arcadis. With this completion, the original full campus master plan for Combs High School, which opened in 2009, is now fulfilled.
"DLR Group is honored to have been a part of Combs High School from the very beginning through this latest exciting addition," said Carmen Wyckoff, Principal with the design team DLR Group | WRL. "The Combs PAC shows that great design can happen on a budget, resulting in a first-class performance space for the students, staff and the community to enjoy."
The project also included the addition of a 2,900-square-
Funding for the project was provided by school bond dollars voted on by taxpayers within the J.O. Combs Unified School District in 2016.
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About J.O. Combs Unified School District
J.O. Combs Unified School District serves over 4,600 students in the San Tan Valley and the surrounding community. The J.O. Combs Unified School District is committed to preserving the small school atmosphere where students and families are known and welcomed by staff. We pride ourselves on educational experiences in which the entire family can participate.
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