Eastside Preparatory School’s new 105,000-sf performing arts and educational building is called TALI Hall, named after the school’s “Think-Act-Lead-Innovate” slogan.
The new facility includes a 15,000-sf flexible theatre space with set shop, control booth, dressing rooms, wardrobe storage and tension grid. The theatre is designed to accommodate a variety of productions (black box, thrust, theatre-in-the-round), a variety of performances (theatrical and musical), and a variety of community and educational opportunities (all-school meetings, banquettes, lectures, movies and classes.) At its largest, a large, operable wall can be opened to connect an upper balcony (aka lecture hall) to the main theatre and accommodate upwards of 650 people.
At the heart of the building is a sky-lit atrium that provides generous daylight to the interior. Surrounding the atrium is another 25,000-sf for classrooms, including physics and biology labs, art studios, music rooms for choir, orchestra and practice rooms, collaboration spaces, counseling areas, and administration areas for school leadership and its board room. There’s even a nap-pod room.
On the exterior, the new building provided an opportunity for the school to create a dynamic, pedestrian plaza that stitches its buildings together.