The King’s Academy in Woodstock’s Performing Arts Center was selected by Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture to be featured in the American School & University 2020 Architectural Portfolio.
The school’s Academic Dean and Business Director, Jamey Wood, explained the award came as a recognition for the school’s renovation of the former Praise Cathedral building, turning the former sanctuary into a theater.
“The stage was maybe two to three times larger than what it is now,” Wood said. “We shrunk the stage to add more seating.”
By doing so, the space the theater occupies was able to go from approximately 200 to 300 seats. The building’s restrooms and lobby area were upgraded during the renovation, while an extension to the building was constructed to add additional dressing room and work room space.
An annual competition honoring education design excellence in its 38th year, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments. A jury of American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. Out of all the submissions, 98 projects were chosen for publication in American School & University. Awarded projects exhibited clarity of concept, innovation and creativity in response to the specifics of program, users, community and site. Specifically, high-achieving designs demonstrated such aspects as sustainable design, adaptability and versatility over time, high quality construction and materials, unobtrusive safety measures and a prioritization of well being and security.
“It’s always a nice thing to be recognized for something creative you did,” Wood said.