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Stevens Construction begins on BIG ARTS

By Staff | Apr 16, 2019

Stevens Construction has begun construction on the new, two-story complex for BIG ARTS.

It is providing construction management services for the 27,000-square-foot facility, which will house a 3,800-square-foot performing arts center with a 414-seat theater. The first floor will also feature a spacious lobby, green room, box office, gift shop, catering kitchen, dressing rooms with showers and an expanded art gallery.

An education center will be situated on the second floor to host lectures, as well as painting, drawing, photography, music, dance and pottery workshops and classes. The second floor will also include an administrative department with conference rooms and offices.

BIG ARTS will feature an expansive, impact-resistant, reflective glass faade at the front of the building, which will overlook an outdoor veranda while reducing the building’s heat load. A broadened driveway for guest drop-off, landscaped walkways and ample parking will provide convenience.

BIG ARTS is being constructed with energy efficient elements, such as a metal roof to reflect heat, chilled water heating and cooling system to provide energy efficient climate control, spray foam insulation to provide a thermal barrier from the exterior to interior, and LED lighting.

It took only four days for Stevens Construction to demolish the old 18,000-square-foot building.

Slated for completion in January, the company has been providing pre-construction services for the past year by providing recommendations and constructability reviews to ensure that the project could be achieved within the budget and tight schedule.

The BIG ARTS project was designed by Amy Nowacki Architect.

The site is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.