Carpenter Family Theatre at Westlake High School Wins CMAA Chapter Award

Vanir is pleased to announce that the Carpenter Family Theatre at Westlake High School (part of the Conejo Valley Unified School District) has won a 2011 Project Achievement Award from the Southern California Chapter of CMAA.  The project won in the building renovation category for projects with a construction value of less than $10 million.  Vanir was honored at an awards ceremony held on April 7, 2011.  

The Project Achievement Awards are highly competitive and recognize excellence in construction and program management.  The Judges Committee is composed of owners and professionals in the construction management industry.  They consider outcomes, overall management, safety, quality management, cost management, schedule management, complexity, innovation and creativity, and customer satisfaction as the basis for the awards. 

This project aimed to renovate, modernize and enlarge an exist­ing theater space at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California. Seating was increased to 366 (up from 310) and sound quality and lighting were dramatically improved, among other renovations and upgrades.  Vanir became involved in the project at the end of the design phase, performing as an agency CM.  Despite many changes and additions along the way, the project was delivered on time and relative to the final total construction cost, it was also delivered well below the original budget.

The theater was made possible due to a generous private donation by the Carpenter family. Richard Carpenter, a member of the popular 70s duo the “Carpenters,” had two of his five children attending Westlake. Through Mr. Carpenter’s contribution of $1 million, the district was able to provide an up-to-date, modern space to students. Because of Mr. Carpenter’s gener­osity, the name of the theater was changed from “Westlake High School Theater” to “Carpenter Family Theatre” in his family’s honor.