The Campanile got access to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Media Arts Center in its final stages of construction. Construction is slated to be finished by April 2014, with a grand opening set for August 2014.
Take a look at this virtual tour highlighting some of the new building’s impressive facilities.
Parents and students await to begin the tour. Journalism teacher and adviser Paul Kandell welcomes tour-goers to the Media Arts Center, which is in its final stages of construction, with a grand opening set for August 2014. The view from the second floor looking down on the main entrance to the Media Arts Center. A view of the second floor and mezzanine. A view of the atrium and its stage. One of hopefully many stationary bikes sit on the second floor overlooking the main entrance. Students will be able to use the bikes to read and edit stories, all while getting some exercise in. The view from the second floor looking down on the mezzanine and atrium. A view of the atrium and classrooms from the second floor. The new Media Arts Center will include a kitchen/café, which students can use to eat lunch in and hold dinners during production weeks. Esther Wojcicki — the adviser for The Campanile — stands next to her future classroom. Journalism teacher and adviser Paul Kandell talks to tour-goers about the atrium, the center of the new Media Arts Building. The atrium will be used for guest speakers, movie screenings and can be set up to accommodate over 100 people. Placards stationed throughout the building detail what each room will be used for. The Innovation Resource Room will provide students a space to brainstorm new ideas for projects and activities, with the help of sticky-note walls, whiteboards and write-on glass. The stairs that start in the Media Arts Center’s atrium and lead up to the mezzanine and then the second floor. Tour-goers go up the stairs to the mezzanine before heading up to the second floor of the Media Arts Center. Tour-goers make a stop on the mezzanine, which includes a table-top for working on computers and socializing. A parent enters the photo department’s own darkroom, which will be used for analog photography. Broadcast Journalism adviser Mike McNulty shows the new classrooms that InFocus will use. The new studio for InFocus — Palo Alto High School’s broadcast journalism program — includes a painted-in green screen for students to use. Video production teacher Brett Griffith speaks to tour-goers in his future classroom, the largest in the building. Photo teacher Margo Wixsom stands in the new digital photography lab. The view from the Media Art’s Center second-floor balcony, facing the English and Social Science wings.