By Lisa Kopochinski
DALLAS, Texas—A groundbreaking ceremony was held in late September on the new Noble Family Performing Arts Center at Parish Episcopal School’s Midway Campus in Dallas.
When completed in Spring 2021, the $27.7 million performing arts center will host student performances, community and milestone events, awards ceremonies and high-caliber speakers and cultural events.
Award-winning firm BOKA Powell is the architect on this new state-of-the-art facility. Construction will be led by McCarthy Building Companies.
The 55,000-square-foot expansion of the campus will consist of a 515-seat performance hall and a 120-seat black box theater, rehearsal rooms, a film screening room and a dedicated dance studio. It will also house associated back-of house spaces including a scenic shop, dressing rooms and tailoring shop. Other features include a gallery to display student and works by visiting artists, concessions area, storage, offices, a dedicated storm shelter and a relocated loading dock.
The chamber of the performance hall is more than 50 feet tall and will be constructed by tilt-up panels for acoustics. Also, precast panels in a unique shape with glass will align the exterior wall along the entrance of the building.
“Just imagine, two years from now on this very courtyard, will stand a new state-of-the-art venue worthy of our students’ talents,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School for Parish, in a statement, at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“Here we will highlight their performances, celebrate community milestones, and showcase artists and speakers to broaden our students’ understanding of the global society. The potential in this new edifice will far exceed its walls, because it will cultivate limitless possibilities for young people of impact.”