The Tatnall School Performing Arts Center
110 S. Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801
Moeckel Carbonell Associates
One Avenue of the Arts, Wilmington, DE 19801
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Date Bid: (CM at Risk): Oct 2005 Construction Period: Nov
2005 to July 2007 Total Square Feet: 25,000 Site: 2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 500-seat theater, 2 classrooms.
Building Size: First floor, 15,000; second floor, 10,000; total,
25,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’; floor to floor, 20’; total,
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: MacIntosh Engineering, Inc. - 300 Delaware
Avenue, #820, Wilmington, DE 19801
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Paragon Engineering - 708
Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809
Civic Engineer: VanDemark & Lynch - 4305 Miller Road, Wilmington
EDiS Company served as construction managers on The Tatnall School
Performing Arts Center, which involved constructing a 25,000 square foot
state-of-the-art performing arts center. The center, equipped with
professional grade lighting and theater equipment, audiovisual systems,
theatrical rigging systems and fly space was designed to compliment the
school's strong performing arts program. Work took place over 1 1/2
years and occurred on a campus occupied by students, faculty, parents
and visitors. EDiS and the architect originally began work in 2003 with
direction from the owner's representative that the budget was $15
million. After the building was completely designed, budgeted, scheduled
and bid out, the school board responded with a new budget, reduced to
$10 million. This required EDiS to work very closely with the architect
and the owner to "back-out" $5 million from a building the owner had
already approved and was essentially committed to. The original schedule
and budget were abandoned and the architect was released to re-design
the project, with EDiS' help. Through an aggressive value engineering
effort, EDiS was able to work with the project team and bring the
project, with the integrity of a high quality center intact, to
Primary construction materials used in this project included a masonry
building of brick and block, structural steel, concrete slab and EPDM
roof. Because the budget had been cut, tangential support areas were
designed out of the project. For ease in adding these areas at a later
time, metal paneling was used on the exterior of the building in the
areas designated as possible expansion points.
The building's systems supported the primary use of the building, which
was a performing arts center. Theater lighting and the necessary systems
for a fully equipped and functioning theater were installed. All the
conduit, wire and dimming systems necessary for any equipment the school
may want to use or rent in the future, but could net yet afford, were
installed. The building has two mechanical systems; one for the theater
support areas and one for the theater itself so the school would not
have to fund heating or cooling an unoccupied 500-seat theater. The
system installed to handle the theater included oversized duct work to
accommodate the large space needed to be cooled or heated quickly and
quietly, as not to disturb the acoustics of the room. The interior of
the theater had a unique wood grid work pattern on the ceiling, millwork
and high end finishes.