Client: William Penn Charter School
Project Name : William Penn Charter School - Kurtz Performing Arts Center
Location : Philadelphia, PA
Architect : Voith & Mactavish Architects
Description : The new David L. Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts is sited adjacent to the historic Main Building. The Center is a two-story building, including a partial basement, with 30,100 sq ft. of interior space. It features multiple rooms dedicated to specfic aspects of the performing arts: Band, Chorus, & Midi Rooms; general practice rooms; a multi-use workshop; and administrative offices. The highlight of the building is a 657-seat theater and 2,500 sq. ft. stage with a cross-over corridor. Midway through construction, the school asked E. Allen Reeves to install an orchestra pit lift, which was incorporated successfully with minimal disruption to the existing plan.
The original goal for the project was LEED Silver Certification; however, during construction, we worked with the architect and school to incorporate additional LEED points (89% building waste was recycled/diverted from a landfill, 24% building material from recycled content, 23% regional building material, 96% FSC-certified wood and dual flushing toilets) while adding little additional cost to the project. The result is a building that is LEED Gold Certified.