The 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.