Five new performing arts centers, one at each of the District’s high schools, were designed by Studio W for the Campbell Union High School District. The performance centers are part of a comprehensive four-year program allowing students to explore multimedia, visual arts, stagecrafts and production while learning the traditional core academic subjects. The new buildings also provide conference facilities for teachers and administration, assembly and lecture space for students and performance space for the communities of Campbell, Saratoga and San Jose.

The highly flexible interior space of each 200-seat theater allows for multiple configurations, from traditional proscenium to black box. Exteriors are designed to fit comfortably into the existing campuses through the use of similar materials, colors and building scale. By designing one building footprint that integrates well within each of different sites, design and construction costs were greatly reduced.

Studio W championed the process to write and submit five applications to OPSC for CTE grants in the Performing Arts Pathways. The District received $15 million in grant funding, which supplied half of the total construction cost to complete the buildings.


Campbell Union High School District


46,750 SF (9,350 SF each)


$30.9 million


Completed 2011

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