A landmark emerges on the M-A High campus Around Town, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Aug 18, 2008 at 8:52 am
A $32 million, 32,000-square-foot performing arts center is under construction on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus. The center will have comfortable seating for 494 people, a 63-foot-high tower for storing and lowering backdrops to the stage, an orchestra pit and stage apron, a rehearsal room, three practice rooms, storage for musical instruments, a multi-purpose room and a steam-table "cold kitchen." This new performance venue is scheduled to open on the campus in the fall of 2009.
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Posted by Bait & Switch, a resident of another community, on Aug 18, 2008 at 8:52 am
To the Almanac staff--some questions. Are the pictures with this story supposed to show what the finished building now will look like? They bear little resemblance to the artist renderings on the projects web site. I know the district eliminated the copper clad roof for cost reasons, but YUK! Also, as I recall, Atherton previously agreed to drop the suit it had brought to stop this project (with urging from Menlo Park), but I think that was conditioned upon the school district agreeing to do a traffic study. Has one subsequently been done? If so, with what result? If not, why? Personally, as visible as this building is from Middlefield and Ravenswood, if the pictures are of the finished product, we've been the victim of a classic "bait & switch" job. Looks like the Oakland ship yards to me.
Posted by David Boyce, Almanac staff writer, on Aug 20, 2008 at 11:29 am David Boyce is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
On the question of the difference in renderings shown at the project web site versus the renderings shown in Almanac stories, the Almanac used renderings recently prepared on a computer by the project's modeling engineer. The renderings are based on highly refined plans that reflect the building's existence in physical reality.
The renderings on the project web site are conceptual and are from the early days of this enterprise, before ground had been broken.
As to traffic issues, there has always been an intention to put a new entrance at the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and Middlefield Road. Eastbound Ravenswood traffic would then have direct access into the M-A campus.
Such a "curb cut" on Middlefield Road reportedly needs the approval of the town of Atherton. The Almanac has not heard of anything that would derail this element of the project.