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  Kevin & Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and The Studio ArtsKevin & 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
www.gaetanoconst.com

General Description

Location: Clinton, New York
Date Bid: Apr 2012 Construction Period: June 2012 to July 2014
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 concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, stone, precast concrete.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, stone.

Project Team

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 wall.

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 videography.

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.
 

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