The Ain Aar campus of International College in Lebanon outside of Beirut serves 900 students in grades PreK-9 on 4.5 acres. Flansburgh was first engaged to develop a comprehensive master plan involving the reorganization of spaces in two existing classroom buildings, new construction of a theatre and gymnasium building with underground parking, new faculty housing, and a new play field. Minimizing disruption to the school and maximizing allowable buildable area within complex zoning requirements were key issues.
The first phase of this planning effort is the 110,000 SF theatre and gymnasium. The building includes three levels of underground car parking and one level of underground bus parking with a tunnel connection under a public road to the academic campus. The theatre is accessed through a lobby at ground level, with seating sloping down to the stage level one story below. Dressing rooms, storage and a large rehearsal room are located at this level. The gymnasium is located on the top floor of the building, and includes a full-size basketball court or two practice courts separated by a retractable curtain. Acoustic isolation between the theatre and the gym will be a key technical component of the building.
|Time Span||2015-2018 (expected)|
|Type||New Gymnasium and Theatre Building|
|Architectural Team||David Croteau, Principal-in-charge; Kelley Banks, Project Architect/Manager|
|Consultants||Architect-of-Record: R&K Consulting Engineers; Cost Estimator: DG Jones|