George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Baltimore, Maryland

The Carver Center is one of the leading arts and technology high schools in the nation.  It was housed in a small building from the 1960s, but it now has a new, state-of-the-art facility for its 1,000 students, including two performance spaces created under the guidance of Nextstage Design principal Tony Forman while he was with Theatre Projects Consultants. The main auditorium accommodates the entire student body and provides a proscenium stage for music, dance, and theater. The venue’s excellent sightlines and adjustable acoustics support student performers with developing skills. Safely-accessed front of house lighting positions allow student technicians to handle the latest lighting equipment. The Studio Theater provides a flexible space for alternative performances, classes, and presentations.

Institution
Baltimore County Public Schools

Architect
Grimm + Parker Architects

Acoustician
Threshold Acoustics

Construction Manager
Oak Contracting Company

Construction Type
New construction

Square Feet
228,000

Cost
$59 million

Completion
2012

Users
Carver Center departments of acting, dance, and music
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra

Spaces
1,000-seat multipurpose theater
100-seat flexible theater

Awards
2014 LEED Silver

Photo: © Kenneth M. Wyner