11055 S. 1000 East, Sandy
Groundbreaking: June 7, 2018
The Hawks are getting a performing arts center to match the caliber of their soaring performing arts programs.
Alta High is home to Utah’s Sterling Scholar in the vocal performance category, not to mention Canyons District’s only marching band and award-winning choral and instrumental music programs, which are outgrowing the school’s performance and rehearsal spaces. “We have no wings on the sides of our current stage, which makes running any performance hard when you have more than 20 kids. Acoustically our current stage is outdated and sounds flat,” says Alta’s Instrumental Music Director Caleb Shabestari. “Most other schools where we perform throughout the year have modern facilities with full sounding stages. It will be so amazing to have something equivalent on our own home turf.”
The arts center, part of a major renovation of Alta to be financed with proceeds from a 2017 school improvement bond, will make it possible to stage more inclusive productions and tackle more ambitious musical scores. It will seat an audience of about 1,400, come with a full fly loft, and be equipped with the latest sound technologies — and its location at the front of the campus, will contribute to a more modern, sophisticated image for the school.
The new additions — which also include a new commons area and field house — will capitalize on mountain views and be configured to allow in more natural light, which Alta alumnus and Principal Brian McGill says, “will add to the culture and climate of the school” and provide students with a more inspiring and innovative learning environment. “I will personally watch over [the project] with precision and care as Alta has shaped who I am today.”
The project will be completed in phases over two years so as to allow students to stay inside the building. Following are more key features and upgrades:
The existing auditorium will be preserved and put to use as a black box theater with a new proscenium opening onto a commons area, which, as the heart of the school, will also be given a full makeover to allow for more natural light. The main entrance will be reconfigured with safety and security in mind, and student services will be consolidated so as to make them more accessible.
A new field house will be built beyond the north end zone of the football field, which will be accessible as a training facility for field sports year-round. The building will include restrooms, a concession booth, and a gallery (or entertainment space) that will overlook the football field and mountains to the east and south.
More efficient heating and cooling systems will provide students with a more comfortable learning environment year-round.