This project includes the vision of a new Valley High School master plan designed to transform this 60+ year old high school campus. The first phase of this reinvention is the enhancement of three existing Career Pathways through the renovation of the existing 1500-seat Performing Arts Theater and construction of a new building to serve the existing Culinary Arts and Automotive Technology programs. All spaces are designed to replicate the professional work environment to promote authentic hands-on learning experiences. The theater renovation design responds to instructional areas to support all aspects of stagecraft while also enhancing the theater-going experience for patrons attending performances. The Culinary Arts and Hospitality career pathway at VHS supports an existing program with regional acclaim and national achievement including 5 National titles.

The theater renovation is defined by its existing cast-in-place concrete structure that cannot be modified. Consequently, all improvements are addressed within the existing building envelope. The theater experience is dramatically enhanced through a revised seating concept that converts traditional continental seating into a stadium style configuration to improve sightlines and enhance the intimate relationship between performer and audience. As a highly visible community landmark and active gathering place for the performing arts, the existing theater interior is fully replanned to support all backstage functions and systems as well as “Front of House” spaces for pre-function and intermission activities and connection to the new Campus Commons and Fine Arts Courtyard.

The new culinary arts building addresses a broad range of culinary skills and experiences with a new kitchen/culinary lab, servery, bakery, pop-up indoor outdoor dining lab, nutrition/demonstration lab, hydroponics garden, events plaza and staging for food trucks.

Automotive Technology provides a 8 professionally equipped vehicle service bays including 2 for specialized alignment service, diagnostics lab for design and service of electronic systems, tire service center and two classrooms for instruction and industry collaboration. The new events plaza will accommodate auto display and industry sponsored events.


Location: Santa Ana, California

District: Santa Ana USD

Size: 44,500 SF

Cost: $31 M

Completion: 2023

Performing Arts Theater

Floor Plan

Culinary Arts / Auto Technology
Floor Plan

Campus Improvements

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Theater Modernization

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