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Presenting… PCS’s… Newly Rebuilt… Amphitheater!

PCS’s newly rebuilt amphitheater, several years in the making, just passed its final inspection and is ready to welcome entertainers and audience members.
When PCS moved into its new school building in 2015, retaining walls, which could also be used as seat walls, were installed in the outdoor amphitheater area. Funding to build these seat walls in 2015 was provided by the PCS Parent Volunteer Association (PVA). In 2017-18 PCS received additional funding to complete this project from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, home of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, in the form of a matching grant, and the PVA, which provided the matching portion. Volunteer Project Manager, Pete Rode (former Board President of PCS and current Board President of the Pacific Collegiate Foundation) worked with volunteers, staff and PCS Performing Arts faculty members to finalize the construction plans. The project, the largest gathering place at the school, recently completed its final inspection and is now ready to use.
The project includes many new improvements such as approximately 250 feet of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant walkways, approximately 100 square feet of an ADA compliant seating area, 29 steps, nearly 100 feet of railings, electrical infrastructure, and an approximately 500 square foot wooden stage. The stage is made of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood that is a popular choice for public areas as it lasts for 30 plus years. The wood is very dense and does not absorb water to the degree of other hardwoods. Use of Ipe requires stainless steel screws because the acid in it tends to eat away at regular metal screws. The stage is nestled under the existing stately eucalyptus tree and was fit to utilize all the space in front of the 2015 seat walls. Particular consideration was given to how the position of the stage would interface with the angle of the existing seats to ensure optimum viewing, since this area is naturally slopped; because of this consideration, the stage is elevated almost 8’ at its backside along Mission Street. As such, this height necessitated a railing at the back of the stage.  
Scott Lipscomb, owner of Scott Lipscomb Landscape Architect, who volunteered his time and expertise to create the engineered design, was hired to complete work on the project. Not enough funds remained to finish the project, so Mr. Rode made an appeal to the PCS Board of Directors, who allocated an additional sum of money to complete the project as envisioned. Now that it is completed, the upgraded amphitheater will serve the whole school for a variety of uses – gatherings of the entire student body, PCS visual and performing arts presentations, Back to School Night, Student Talent Show, and family events such as Grandparents’ Day. In fact, the first event hosted by the new site was the Fall Fabu in October.
The project also includes a retaining wall made of boulders, additional split rail fencing, and new plants along the crushed rock ADA walkway; these include Iceberg roses, rock roses, passion flower vines, and other shrubs.
The School wishes to express heartfelt gratitude for all the funders who contributed, Project Manager Pete Rode, and designer, architect, and project foreman, Scott Lipscomb.