Project Type: New/Renovation
Construction Cost: $31.5M (entire school)
Size: 9,450 SF New 89,150 SF Reno (entire school)

Academic, Performing Arts

Putnam High School Black Box Theater

Putnam, CT

After completing a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan study for Putnam Facilities Master Plan study for Putnam High School in 2011, DRA was selected to complete the design of an addition and major renovations to the facility. Our initial work included preliminary programming meetings with each department as well as an extensive existing condition analysis to develop sound existing base plans. From the information received in the programming meetings, we developed space layouts for the various spaces within the building. Additional meetings to review and approve space layouts were then generated with the Owner.

Many spaces were configured as part of this “renovate as new” project. The existing gymnasium was converted into locker room space for the new gymnasium, as well as a new black box theater. The existing music room was moved next to the black box theater in a high bay space.  The flexible black box theater space can be used for performances, presentations, lectures, and other events, and is available for community use after hours.


Project Leadership

James A. Barrett, AIA

LEED AP BD+C, ALEP | Principal

R. Judd Christopher

Senior Associate | Project Manager

Ann Marie Procopio, IIDA

Senior Associate | Director of Interior Design
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