The Hockaday School Centennial Center Animation
Two major building and instructional initiatives are underway at The Hockaday School, a prestigious private school serving 1,100 young women on a campus of 86 acres in north Dallas. A new Fine Arts complex will provide venues for the visual and performing arts, and an expanded Science Facility will provide laboratory space for upper and middle school. Collectively called the Centennial Center, the two interconnected facilities will enhance opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction across the arts and sciences.
The Fine Arts program consists of 25,000 SF of renovated space, including an expanded and fully re-fit theater with 620 seats, along with painting, photography and ceramics studios. An additional 47,000 SF of new space will provide a 300 seat black box theater, rehearsal space for orchestra and chorus, dance studio, drama classroom and associated lobby and gallery spaces.
The existing 35,000 SF two-story science building will be fully renovated, and an additional floor added making room for a new green roof and outdoor classroom. Chemistry, physics and biology Laboratory spaces will be re-organized to better accommodate the current curriculum.
A new atrium space between the Fine Arts and Science programs will create spaces for informal interaction across disciplines. The atrium will contain gallery spaces as well as a Foucault pendulum, to illustrate and identify both the artistic and scientific nature of the Centennial Center.