The David L. Kurtz Center for Performing Arts is a new facility for the performing arts at the historic William Penn Charter School. The center features sound, lighting and technology, including a 650-seat main theater, recording studio, choral room, orchestra room, practice studios and a four-level orchestra pit in the main amphitheater.
A performing arts center is an energy-intensive structure. The facility was constructed with local stone, concrete and recycled steel. There is a 10,000 square foot green roof over the theater space. The design incorporated daylighting and views into all spaces except the theater space. Optimal energy performance was achieved as a result of energy modeling and the specification of highly efficient HVAC systems.
Some green features include the the green roof, wind energy, cupolas and water conservation with dual-flush toilets.