Spencer Nilson

Spencer Nilson

Santa Rosa, CA, US


Daniel Caldwell Performing Arts & Student Center

Tamalpais Union High School District

10,170 square foot Theater, 12,900 square foot Student Center, 2,462 students

Award: 2008 Citation Award, AIA Redwood Empire

Tamalpais High School is a 100-year-old campus with an eclectic collection of buildings and architectural styles representing many decades of addition projects.  The highly acclaimed drama and music program needed new performance and assembly spaces that fit its reputation for contemporary and dynamic productions.  The Daniel Caldwell Theater is an infill component of a campus-wide modernization effort.  An under-used plaza area between buildings was transformed into a blackbox theater that also functions as the drama classroom.  State of the art audio-visual equipment gives students hands-on experience with professional-level systems.  Fixed and portable theater seating accommodates audiences up to 182 and provides flexibility for a variety of performances.  The new structure is located within inches of the Student Center roof and shares a breezeway connection with the existing cafeteria/assembly building.  The Student Center modernization includes an updated kitchen and a new interior bridge for improved circulation. 

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Status: Built
Location: Tamalpais High School, 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA
My Role: Project Manager and Project Architect
Additional Credits: Steve Kwok and Aaron Jobson, Principals, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects