Lewis Central High School Performing Arts Center

Whether it’s a One Act play, dance, orchestra concert, show choir or full musical, the 33,775 SF performing art center addition at Lewis Central High School can accommodate a wide array of the performing arts. A teaching and working performance center, the addition incorporates all the elements of a premier performance space to educate and inspire. Inserted within an existing alcove of the current high school, the 1,100 seat auditorium addition accommodates all aspects of the performing arts including:

+  Full fly loft with full rigging and pin gallery
+  Catwalk system
+  Orchestra pit
Parterre seating
+  Accessible balcony 

The performing arts addition is accessed through an existing typical school commons.  In order to elevate the experience of attending the theatre, BVH created a threshold that allows attenders to leave the commons and be transported into the world of the performing arts.

Located in the rear of the existing school facility and by necessity windowless, the prominent addition performs as a lit billboard enhancing the branding for the school and celebrating the arts occurring within.

In addition to the main performance space, the project also contains a versatile black box theater with its own entrance. In addition to these performing and education spaces the addition consist of support spaces including: 

+  Large multi-purpose classroom
Dressing rooms
Costume storage
Theater prop storage
Instrument storage
Uniform storage

In order to keep the creative work that goes into stage scenery and allow for scenery storage, the project also includes a 11,775 SF Construction Technology Education addition. This support space includes:

+  Scene building shop
+  Tool storage
Paint booth and storage
Expansion of existing CTE shop
Storage for theater props, band risers, orchestra platforms, and associated items


Council Bluffs, IA

Year Completed



Lewis Central Community School District


33,775 sq. ft.

BVH Team