Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
Nic Lehoux
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ElementBrandProduct Name
Metal Frame Wall Panel SystemEXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
ManufacturersBabcock-Davis
Smoke Vents
Sound Absorbing Wall PanelsUnika Vaev
Exterior LightingBEGA
GlassVitro Architectural Glass
Acoustical ACTArmstrong World Industries

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Smoke Vents by Babcock-Davis
Sound Absorbing Wall Panels
Exterior Lighting
by BEGA
Acoustical ACT

Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center

AUX Architecture as Architects

Founded in 1908, Vista Del Mar is a 114-year-old non-profit organization that began service to the community by founding the first cottage-style orphanage in Southern California. Today, they provide a trauma-responsive continuum of services to empower children, youth, and families in Southern California to lead fulfilling lives.

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Nic Lehoux

The Center is a remodel of and addition to a 1950s-era Temple located at the center of Vista Del Mar’s campus and was conceived and designed to be the home of Vista Del Mar's innovative therapeutic performing arts program. The Center provides space for both learning and performing dance, music, and theatrical productions, and continues to provide a space for Vista’s Jewish Life Programs classes and holiday services. Accessory spaces allow for production coordination, stage craft, dressing and changing, rehearsal, and classrooms.

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Nic Lehoux

The building is designed as a series of vignettes that express motion, music, and movement. A semi-translucent façade wraps the structure and, in the evening when the lights turn on, the building transforms into a glowing heart at the center of the campus. Besides adding a distinctive aesthetic, the highly durable polycarbonate façade is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and can be recycled again at the end of its lifecycle. A key challenge was to preserve as much of the existing structure as possible. The Temple’s foundation and structural diaphragmwere saved and became the framework of the new building. 

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Nic Lehoux

Directly behind the façade, a series of rhythmic columns create an interplay of light and shadow. The resulting gradient pattern works in conjunction with the primary stair and lobby, both of which vary in width (in plan) to create a sense of compression and expansion. This concept drew inspiration from "Lamentation," the Martha Graham dance piece in which a dancer struggles within a garment, and as a metaphor for the struggles many people with Autism experience every day.

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Nic Lehoux

The building has comfortable spaces for flexible learning, a color palette in light tones, and acoustic systems that aid those with sound sensitivity. Individual rooms are designed to accommodate multiple purposes and may be a classroom by morning, rehearsal space by day, and green room by night.

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Nic Lehoux

The 10,550 sf Center was built with a conservative budget but carefully selected materials, often in standard off-the-shelf finishes, allow for several key design features including wood beams with acoustic fuzz in the theater, a wood sprung stage with different surface options for different types of performances, and gleaming white terrazzo in the box office lobby, stair, and entry lobby.

Team:
General Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Structural Engineer: Nous Engineering
Civil Engineering: VCA Engineers
MEP: South Coast Engineering
Theater, Audio/Visual, Theatrical Lighting, Security, Acoustics: Idibiri
Lighting Design: KGM Architectural Lighting 
Signage: Newsom Gonzalez
Landscape Design: SQLA

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Nic Lehoux
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Nic Lehoux
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Nic Lehoux
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Nic Lehoux
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Nic Lehoux
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Nic Lehoux
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Nic Lehoux
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Material Used:
1. Parex USA: Stucco
2. American Lead: Metal Flashing & Trims
3. Johns Manville: Modified Bituminous Membrane
4. CertainTeed: Asphalt Shingles
5. PRL Glass Company: Storefronts
6. Vitro Architectural Glass: Glass
7. Lightwall 3440 system: Polycarbonate Panels
8. Extech, Exterior Technologies, Inc.: Metal Frame Wall Panel System
9. C.H.I Overhead Doors: Coiling Doors
10. Madrid: Wood Grille Ceiling/Wall
11. UnikaVaevEcoustic: Sound Absorbing Wall Panels
12. Harlequin: Flooring, Wood Sprung Floor
13. Babcock Davis: Smoke Vents
14. Sherwin Williams: Paint 
15. Rose Brand: Stage Curtains
16. Custom: Aluminum Windows
17. Sitmatic: Theater Audience Seating 
18. Pierre Frey: Theater Audience Seating Upholstery
19. Shaw: Flooring, Carpet
20. Benjamin Moore: Paint 
21. Ceasarstone: Solid Surfacing
22. Armstrong: Acoustical ACT
23. Tarkett: Flooring, Rubber Floor Tile
24. Daltile: Floor/Wall Tile
25. Kohler: Undermount Sinks
26. Sloan: Toilets, Urinals
27. American Standard: Sinks
28. Corradini Corp.: Flooring, Terrazzo
29. Guardian Partitions: Toilet Partitions
30. Bobrick: Toilet Accessories
31. Ceasarstone: Quartz
32. Thyssen Krupp: Elevators
33. McKinley: Vertical Wheelchair Lift 
34. Luminii: Ambient Linear Lighting
35. Luminii: Façade Linear lighting
36. Bega: Exterior Lighting 
37. Arcluce: Exterior Lighting 

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