Project Overview: Located on the San Dimas High School campus, the Center for the Arts is a CHPS-verified 700-seat performance facility designed to support a growing array of programs from local school productions and visiting theatre companies, including: drama, choir, instrumental performance, musical theatre, dance, and lectures.
At the heart of the CASH/AIACC award-winning building is the stage and audience chamber. With three seating tiers including a balcony, the design provides the audience with a more intimate viewing experience, superior sight lines, and an enriching theatrical experience. Bonita Performance Arts Center achieved CA-CHPS Verified Certification. In addition to key sustainable design strategies to reduce water consumption and manage energy use, the project implements innovative technology solutions that contribute to the building’s aesthetic. Computer-controlled louvers on the building’s entry façade control the amount of sunlight cascading into the building but also provide a pleasing and inviting modern aesthetic. For the interior, a sophisticated, energy-saving LED lighting system provides dramatic night-time illumination.
Bonita Performing Arts center
Cover Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photos provided by Kemp Bros Contruction & Gonzalez Goodale Architects
Location: 115 West Allen Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773
District: Bonita Unified School District
Cost: $24.5 Million
Scope: 29,250 Square Feet
Cost Per Square Foot: $769
Enrollment: 700-seat auditorium capacity
Architects: Rachlin Partners
Builder: Tilden-Coil Constructors
Structural Engineer: R.M. Byrd and Associates
Grants or Funding Received: The project was funded entirely by local Bond Measure AB, which passed in 2008 and provided Bonita USD with $83.56 million for District-wide improvement projects.
Solar Geometry - Building designed to optimize its passive solar orientation, aligned on a northwest/southeast axis with glazed openings sized to maximize daylight and reduce heat gain.
Materials -Low-VOC emitting paints, sealants, and adhesives used throughout the building.
Estimated Energy Cost Savings: 15.20%
Bonita unified school district, san dimas, ca
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
PO Box 19967
Sacramento, CA 95819
Sustainable Design Elements
“After each public performance, patrons linger to admire the architecture, and the comments regarding each performance’ production values have been positive.” – Bill Cox, Theater Manager