Benvenuti Performing Arts Center – Natomas Unified School District

Sacramento, California

A performance in honest elegance

This project began as a major campus upgrade reinforcing a commitment to the arts, with a vision of having a state-of-the-art theatre to enrich the student experience. The challenge was incorporating necessary elements for a full fly loft space inside the theatre, specialty lighting and motorized rigging components. The building height needed to accommodate a tension grid and rigging system for the full fly along with the complex integrated computer system – all while fitting on a relatively small building footprint. Our design met all of these challenges and created a building that features clean, bold exterior lines with a raked roof and corrugated metal siding. The interior provides auxiliary support spaces, a dance studio, and a 364-seat auditorium.The main lobby showcases gallery space for student artwork.