Sneak Peek: Here’s a Look at Plano ISD’s New Fine Arts Center

The facility will feature a 1,500-seat multipurpose performance hall, rehearsal space, black box theater, and art gallery.

Plano ISD

The public is getting its first look at the new $50 million Plano ISD Fine Arts Center with the release of the initial set of renderings for the state-of-the-art facility.

The images were released by the Dallas office of the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Portland, Oregon-based Bora Architects.

“This facility serves a vision larger than the sum of its parts.” 
Stephen Weeks

The building at Park Boulevard and Alma Drive is projected for completion in 2020.

“This facility serves a vision larger than the sum of its parts,” Stephen Weeks, principal at Bora, said in a release. “Four state-of-the-art venues will showcase students’ hard work and talent.”

Weeks said the building’s design honors arts education.

“Our design is a celebration of these young learners, and reflects the district’s commitment to the transformative power of arts education that we find optimistic and inspiring,” Weeks said. “We want the building to be a bright, beautiful invitation to the whole community.”

Once completed, the 16.3-acre site will feature a 1,500-seat multipurpose performance hall, rehearsal space, black box theater, and art gallery. 

It will support the educational development of the more than 60 percent of Plano ISD secondary students currently participating in fine arts programs, the release said.

“It will be a crown jewel for the school district and the community.”
Vandana Nayak

“A blend of elegance and functionality, the Fine Arts Center was designed to inspire creativity while cultivating an effective educational environment,” Vandana Nayak, regional education leader for Perkins+Will, said in the release. “It will be a crown jewel for the school district and the community.”

Construction of the Fine Arts Center will be carried out by Dallas-based McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

The center was the largest project in the district’s $481 million bond program approved by voters in 2016.

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Renderings courtesy of Perkins+Will.

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