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Stevens Construction completes BIG ARTS

Stevens Construction has completed construction of a new, two-story complex for BIG ARTS located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel Island, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Stevens Construction provided construction management services for a new 27,000-square-foot facility, which houses a 3,800-square-foot performing arts center with a 414-seat theater. The first floor features a spacious lobby, green room, box office, gift shop, piano storage, catering kitchen, two dressing rooms with showers and an expanded art gallery.

An education center is situated on the second floor to host lectures as well as painting, drawing, photography, music, dance and pottery workshops and classes. The second floor also includes an administrative department with conference rooms and offices. The conference rooms have video conferencing capabilities enabling BIG ARTS to stream in lecturers or conference participants.

BIG ARTS features an expansive, impact-resistant, reflective glass façade at the front of the building, which overlooks an outdoor veranda while reducing the heat load of the building. A broadened driveway for guest drop-off, landscaped walkways and ample parking provides convenience for guests.

Stevens Construction constructed BIG ARTS 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.

Stevens Construction demolished the existing approximately 18,000-square-foot building, which housed the auditorium, gallery and offices within four days.

Stevens Construction provided pre-construction services for a year offering recommendations and constructability reviews to ensure that the project could be achieved within their budget and tight schedule.

The Stevens Construction team includes Mike Waskiewicz, project manager; Jim Ruby, superintendent; Tate Hernly, project engineer; and Sue Ziegenfus, project administrator. The project was designed by Amy Nowacki Architect, LLC.

About Stevens Construction

With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

About BIG ARTS

BIG ARTS, established in 1979, is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing quality artistic, cultural and educational experiences to Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors. Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about our 2020 Dream Season and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 239-395-0900.

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