The opening of the district's state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center is the final project in a bond referendum approved by Lexington Two voters 10 years ago.

WEST COLUMBIA, SC –  Lexington School District Two proudly announces the grand opening of its new 103,400-square-foot Performing Arts Center and district office, located at 3205 Platt Springs Road in West Columbia. The culmination of a decade-long vision, this state-of-the-art facility is now ready to welcome students, educators, and the community at large to experience the transformative power of the arts.

“The opening of our new Performing Arts Center marks a significant milestone in our district’s commitment to fostering creativity and excellence in education,” said Dr. Brenda Hafner, superintendent of Lexington School District Two. “This incredible venue will serve as a hub for artistic expression, innovation and community engagement for generations to come. The support our communities have for Lexington Two schools is unmatched, and we could not be more grateful for it. That support, along with the board’s vision and work, has made this newest education facility a reality.”

The center’s location is in the heart of the communities the district serves, including Springdale, West Columbia, Pine Ridge, South Congaree and Cayce.

Performing Arts Center Overview

The Performing Arts Center, occupying 71,800 square feet of the new facility, will serve district students, schools and employees. Its vision encompasses professional development, statewide conferences, community events and cultural gatherings. Lexington Two’s district office, occupying 31,600 square feet of the building, ensures continuous occupancy of the space and also several options for district training and meeting spaces.

The Performing Arts Center features a two-level balcony accommodating over 1,500 guests, a grand lobby downstairs and an additional lobby on the second floor overlooking the lower lobby. It boasts four meeting and event breakout spaces, including two that hold up to 300 people. The facility also features a full orchestra pit with a lift, a loading dock with easy access to the scene shop and stage, state-of-the-art stage lighting and sound systems, four dressing rooms and one large green room, concession areas, a catering kitchen, two large dividable multipurpose rooms, and 535 total parking spaces, including 17 handicap accessible spaces.

An important benefit of the new center is the opportunity it provides Lexington Two students to perform in a world-class space. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes roles and jobs necessary for performances and receive exposure to professionals in the industry.

Celebrating the Grand Opening

On Wednesday, May 1, a ribbon cutting was held to mark the opening of the new Performing Arts Center. Later that evening, the district also hosted its Grand Opening Showcase, the center’s inaugural event, which featured performances by more than 400 district students in a variety of disciplines and at all school levels.

“The completion of the Performing Arts Center represents a monumental achievement for Lexington Two, and we were thrilled to bring together our students, teachers, families and community members to celebrate during our grand opening festivities,” said Linda Alford-Wooten, chair of the Lexington School District Two Board of Trustees. “This facility not only enhances our district’s educational offerings but also strengthens our community, providing a venue for cultural enrichment and celebration.”

Building a Future for Education

The new Performing Arts Center and district office, a $52 million investment, represents the final phase of a 10-year, $225 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014. Over the past decade, the district has made capital upgrades across the district and has built Riverbank Elementary School, Cayce Elementary School and the Lexington Two Innovation Center.


The Performing Arts Center was designed by Jumper Carter Sease Architects, a Lexington-based firm specializing in academic facilities. South Carolina-based Thompson Turner Construction served as the general contractor with Productions Unlimited, Inc., headquartered in Spartanburg, leading the design, installation and maintenance of the theatrical equipment.

“As we plan for the district’s future growth, our focus will always be doing what’s best for our students,” Dr. Hafner said.

Engaging the Community

“The Performing Arts Center is a testament to our commitment to the arts and education,” said Jim LeBlanc, the Performing Arts Center’s executive director. “We’re excited to open our doors and offer opportunities for collaboration, creativity and growth. Whether it’s a student production, professional development workshop or community event, we look forward to serving as a vibrant cultural hub for the community.”

The District Art Show, featuring works across all schools and grade levels, will be on exhibit weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from May 2-15 in the atrium of the Performing Arts Center. This free event is an opportunity for the public to drop in and see the center.

Over the summer, Lexington Two will provide opportunities for public tours, as well as use the space for district-wide staff, student and teacher training and meeting spaces. The district will present its inaugural Fine Art Summer Camp June 3-13 for Lexington Two students.

The unveiling of the inaugural members of the Lexington Two Fine Arts Hall of Fame will be held in coming months. The Hall of Fame will recognize individuals and groups who have demonstrated excellence in art, music, theatre, dance or creative writing. Inductees will include alumni of Airport High School or Brookland Cayce High School, Lexington Two educators, and community members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of fine arts in Lexington Two.

In addition to being used for the district, the Performing Arts Center will be available for event rentals. For rental inquiries, please email [email protected] or [email protected]. Stay up-to-date on the Performing Arts Center’s events and public opportunities at

About Lexington Two School District

Lexington School District Two is dedicated to serving and educating K-12 students in the municipalities of Cayce, West Columbia, Springdale, Pine Ridge and South Congaree. Lexington Two prepares its students with exceptional academic and real-life experiences — fostering skills that enable them to be positive leaders and contributors to society. Lexington Two offers an award-winning school readiness family partnership program, engaging early childhood curriculum, accelerated academic and extracurricular offerings, Early College, dual enrollment, career/technical and Advanced Placement programs, and opportunities in athletics, the arts, leadership and service.

With the completion of the structure of the Lexington Two Performing Arts Center and topping out ceremony on March 31, 2023, construction is entering the home stretch, with an opening expected in early 2024

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- A topping out ceremony was held at the site of the new Lexington Two Performing Arts Center (L2PAC), now under construction in Springdale. The event marks a construction milestone in completing the structure of the building. 

Current and former Lexington Two board members, district and school administrators, along with community, business, and elected leaders attended the March 29 event, with participants invited to sign the final structural beam, which was then lifted and set in place, “topping out” the building.

The L2PAC, scheduled to open in early 2024,  is a state-of-the-art venue that will offer a space for performances,  special events, and district-wide occasions. It will include a two-level balcony with seating for roughly 1,550, with upgraded systems in stage lighting and sound, along with dressing rooms, set storage and backstage areas to support opportunities in dance, music, theater, and more.


The center’s primary mission is its use by district students, schools and employees. There will be additional opportunities for professional development, statewide conferences, conventions, and student competitions, as well as community and cultural events, as space is available.


The center, on Platt Springs Road in Springdale, is the final project of the $225 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014. The new district office is also on site there.



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A groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 7, 2021 at the 3211 Platt Springs Road site in Springdale.

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Lexington Two was joined by a host of district and school officials, local political and business leaders, and citizens Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new performing arts center and district office.


The center, the final piece of the district’s $225 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014, is on district-owned property at 3211 Platt Springs Road in Springdale. Construction is estimated to take about two years to complete.


Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Wade told the crowd gathered for the ceremony that the “large, state-of-the-art venue will offer a space for performances,  special events, and district-wide occasions, something many schools do not have.“ The center will include a two-level balcony with seating for roughly 1,550, as well as four meeting and event breakout spaces.   Upgraded systems in stage lighting and sound, along with dressing rooms, set storage and backstage areas, will ensure that the center is outfitted for a range of opportunities in dance, music, theater and more.


“This facility, I believe, firmly states we are a district that is central, innovative, and attractive,” Dr. Wade added. 


Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop said the site for the performing arts center is one of the “last big pieces of property in town.” Bishop added that officials appreciate the district’s commitment to the town and look forward to the great things the center will bring to the community.


The primary mission for the center is its use by district students, schools and employees, with additional opportunities for use in professional development and planning, statewide conferences, conventions, and student competitions, as well as community and cultural events, as space is available.


“This facility will offer endless opportunities for our students and at the same time, it will be a great way to bring this close community even closer together,” Board Chair Christina Rucker told the crowd. “There is something special about Lexington Two, and I do not doubt that there will be something special about this performing arts

center. This new center will be beautiful, as will the performances that will take place here soon.”


The Lexington Two Board of Trustees, which gave final approval to the project last month, is expected to decide on a name for the center in coming weeks. A stakeholder committee has offered three recommendations: Lexington Two Visual and Performing Arts Center (Lex2 V-PAC), Metropolitan Arts Center of Lexington Two (MAC of Lex2) and Midlands Arts Center of Lexington Two (MAC of Lex2).


The district office will move into the center, a measure that will allow the space to be continuously occupied. The estimated cost for the project is $52 million.


This new Career and Technology Education Center (L2IC) opened October 22, 2018.
  • New stadium field house completed Spring of 2017
  • Interior renovations completed Fall of 2017
    • Special education self-contained classroom with skills lab
    • Two (2) art classrooms
    • Theater classroom
    • Enlarged and renovated weight room
    • Renovated 5 locker rooms
  • Eagle's Nest renovations completed Spring 2018 
  • Renovated baseball and softball complexes
  • 700 wing renovations completed Summer of 2020 include: JROTC classroom and indoor drill area, indoor fitness center and cheer team indoor practice area
  • Enclosed walkways between buildings
  • Additional renovations utilizing annual Capital Improvement Funds
    • New sound systems in auditorium and cafeteria
    • New 700 wing roof
    • New Digital Scoreboards for Baseball and Softball complexes
  • Athletic renovations this year included the addition of a 5th tennis court, a new baseball press box and a new baseball/softball concession stand completed February 2018. 
  • The new state of the art sports arena opened January 2019
  • Renovations to the old vocational wing began summer of 2018; renovations expanded the i2Tech program and converted portions of the area into 2 new science labs
  • Auditorium renovations completed May of 2019 
  • Renovations of the North Wing Summer of 2019
  • Demolition, additions and renovations began June 2018; the school reopened for occupancy July 2019.
  • Additions include new:
    • admin area
    • cafeteria & kitchen
    • science & regular classrooms
    • art/choral area
    • media center
    • bus/parent canopy
    • secure fencing
  • Renovations include:
    • restroom renovations
    • new finishes to existing facility
    • new classroom electrical/data
    • remove lockers/bases
    • replace markerboards
  • School renovations completed August 2017
    • New cafetorium and kitchen
    • New theatre arts room, new Project Lead the Way Lab, two (2) new classrooms and new professional development suite from previous cafeteria/kitchen
  • Road construction to begin Summer of 2018 on the fire access lane around the campus of PRMS, Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center and Wood Elementary; this project will utilize Abbeville Capital Project Improvement Funds (CPIF) 


New elementary school; opened August 2017

Renovations/additions completed August 2017 included:
  • A new cafetorium
  • New restrooms
  • Two (2) new classroom additions
  • New Fire Sprinkler System
This new elementary school opened August 2018 welcoming students from the former B-C Grammar School No. 1 and Pineview Elementary.
Renovations and additions 2017-18; Re-opened for occupancy August 2018.
Renovations and additions included:
  • 9,000 square feet of additional space
  • Larger media center
  • Expanded arts space
  • New gym/cafetorium space designated to accommodate the arts.
Renovations and additions 2017-18. Re-opened for occupancy August 2018.
Renovations and additions included:
  • 21,660 square feet of additional space
  • New cafetorium
  • New and renovated restrooms
  • Two (2) new classrooms and 4 converted classrooms from former office/media center area
  • New Administration complex
Renovations/Additions completed August 2017 included:
  • 3 new Pre-K classrooms at C-WECC
  • A new Project Lead the Way Lab and one additional classroom at Wood Elementary