& Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and The Studio Arts|
Construction Manager & Cost Estimator
Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corp.
258 Genesee Street, Mezzanine, Utica, NY 13502
Clinton, New York
Date Bid: Apr 2012 Construction Period: June 2012 to July
Total Square Feet: 96,100 Site: 7 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 6,400; first floor, 37,300; second
floor, 49,800; each additional floor, 1,300; total, 96,100 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 14’; first floor, 14’; second floor,
14’; each additional floor, 17’; total, 76’.
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, stone, precast concrete.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, stone.
Architect: Machado & Silvetti Associates, LLC - 560 Harrison
Avenue, #301, Boston, MA 02118
Structural Engineer: Richmond So Engineers, Inc. - 85 Main
Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber, LLC - 31
Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
Exterior Envelope Consultant: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger - 41 Seyon
Street, Building 1, #500, Waltham, MA 02453
In June of 2012, Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation was hired
as Construction Manager for Hamilton College's long-planned Theatre and
Studio Arts Building project. This recently completed building, now
known as the Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio
Arts, represents two years of partnered efforts between Gaetano and its
longest-standing client, Hamilton College, along with the architectural
firm Machado & Silvetti Associates. In addition to the role of
construction manager, Gaetano Construction also self-performed the bulk
of the concrete and carpentry work for the complex. Theater and studio
arts classes are now offered in this state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary
facility with large teaching classrooms, ample exhibition spaces,
multiple studio and workshop spaces, two theatres, and faculty offices.
The complex includes a fully equipped flexible theatre (175 seats) with
support spaces including scene and costume shops, prop storage and
dressing rooms, moveable catwalks, a floor trap, a box office, and an
advanced control room. A smaller laboratory theatre (100 seats) is used
for senior and class projects, guest artists, and some public
performances. Hands-on facilities within the new building support
instruction and learning in the techniques of drawing, painting,
printmaking, woodworking, metalworking, sculpture and hot shop ceramics,
darkroom photography, digital arts, and other media. Each space was
uniquely designed with its own complexities in lighting, air handling,
sound control, and various finishes. The stunning impact of this
building continues out of doors with its curved glass curtainwall along
the entire front elevation of the building, a new pond with two weir
walls and carefully designed plant and landscape elements surrounding
it, and an outdoor lawn amphitheater with terraced seat stairs and seat
The project included a variety of unique design elements that required
close collaboration between multiple stakeholders. Examples of such
elements included separate lighting control systems to accommodate
performances in each of the two theatres, specialized exhaust systems
for studio workshop equipment such as gas-fired kilns, woodworking
tools, and printmaking activities, and a complex of audio-video systems
to accommodate an entire suite of A.V. production facilities with
editing and screening rooms, and even a green screen room for advanced
At the onset of the project, Gaetano Construction knew of the challenge
ahead. Gaetano's on-site team, led by John Foster and Larry Giglio,
worked closely with all stakeholders to achieve win-win end results. The
entire team - comprised of owner representatives, architects, design
consultants, construction managers and subcontractors - worked together
to solve multiple challenges and to respond to literally hundreds of
modifications to design elements as well as changes in end-user needs.
While the challenges were many, the rewards were even greater and were
shared by all partners on this project. Gaetano Construction is proud of
the efforts made by all to achieve such a resounding success and to
create such a beautiful state-of-the art facility.