Bonita Center for the Arts


Architect Rachlin Architects
Completion Date April, 2014
Client Bonita Unified School District
Location San Dimas, CA


The projected consisted of a new state-of-the-art performing arts center. The structure was comprised of cast in place concrete, grouted masonry, structural steel and concrete filled metal decks. The building featured many curved walls, angled walls, and an underfloor plenum space. The interior has a fly tower with 32-line sets, rigging rail and broad way rail. The audience chamber includes 700 seats, with 2nd level balcony seating. The acoustics are controlled with hard board acoustical clouds, 2’ wide wavy walls with 20” depth of wave, and acoustical fluted plaster sections. The HVAC distribution is under floor with registers underneath individual seats. The exterior façade includes two-story storefront walls, a curved staircase, exterior metal paneling, and aluminum architectural louvers, which track the movement of the sun Extensive use of building information modeling and coordination were required to solve many complex challenges, including with the displacement ventilation mechanical system below the auditorium seating.

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