CATEGORY: Unbuilt Project
Director of Interior Design: Cheryl Doran, Sapp Design Architects
Architect: Neill Scheiter, Sapp Design Architects
Architect: John McNabb, Sapp Design Architects
Architect and Senior Project Manager: Steve Telscher, Sapp Design Architects
Project Goal: To design a 1,500-seat performing arts center—connected to the existing high school—to host both school performances and community wide events.
From painting to poetry, symphonies to soliloquies, “the arts” encompasses a wide range of genres, mediums and expressions. When the Neosho Public School System reached out to Sapp Design Architects to design their new performing arts facility—attached to the existing high school—they not only wanted a space for orchestra concerts and spring musicals, but a place for the whole community to gather and connect. And at the top of the “must-have” list, it needed to be big. “Their goal was to build a 1,500-seat performing arts center for the community,” says Cheryl Doran, Director of Interior Design at Sapp Design Architects. “They want it to be multipurpose, which would be for music, choir, orchestra and theater.” To get a better understanding of their client’s needs and goals for the space, Doran—along with Senior Project Manager Steve Telscher and architects Neill Scheiter and John McNabb—took their client on tours of several other performing arts spaces around the region.
From the onset, the project was a collaborative one between Doran and the architects. “We worked as a team,” says Doran. “We wanted this to be seamless—from the exterior to the interior.” The concept for the team’s design came from something intrinsic to all forms of art: movement.