Stage vantage point featuring the floor and balcony seating of the performing arts center.
Floor seating facing stage right of the performing arts center.

Lewis Central High School Performing Arts Center

City, State


The Lewis Central High School fine arts and construction technology education addition includes a 33,775-square-foot auditorium that will seat 1,100 people, which makes it the largest performing arts facility in Council Bluffs. The addition houses a large multipurpose room for a black box theater, meeting room and classrooms, scene shop, wood shop, and storage areas.


  • High-efficient, variable compressor air handling systems serve the additions.
  • Expanded career technical education (CTE) space and performing arts scenery shop areas feature dust collection, compressed air, and paint booth capability.
  • The building is fully protected with a wet-pipe sprinkler system.
  • Lighting in the building consists of energy-efficient LED light fixtures with dimming capability.
  • Designed theatrical lighting for both the auditorium and the black box theater.
  • Developed an acoustical model of the spaces to perform analysis, determine acoustical parameters, and evaluate the proposed building materials.
  • Provided acoustical design, including ceiling clouds and wall treatments, to provide acceptable sound quality and distribution throughout the auditorium.
  • Designed telecommunications equipment cabinets for support of horizontal cable to work area outlets (WAOs), such as network (voice and data) wall outlets, wireless access points (WAPs), and IP-based surveillance cameras.
  • Designed audiovisual system equipment and supporting infrastructure for classrooms, the auditorium, and the multipurpose room.
  • Designed expansion to existing electronic access control and intrusion detection systems for support of new building addition.

Photography credit: AJ Brown Imaging

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