Phase I Complete at Mount de Sales Academy and “Center for Performing Arts and Student Life” is Underway
December 20, 2019 – Lewis Contractors has recently completed Phase I of the multiphase $10.6M Mount de Sales Academy Center for Performing Arts and Student Life. Strategically sequenced to be complete prior to the start of the 2019 school year—as the school planned to be fully occupied throughout construction—the site’s rear access drive has been re-routed to provide for easier commuter access on and off campus and to accommodate the expected increase in traffic flow when school is in session. The Lewis team worked diligently to complete this relocated gateway to the campus and have the new roadway ready for use when the school year began.
Site work in this initial Phase I also included the rework of existing sanitary piping and other underground utilities to prepare the site for the installation of a new Storm Water Management (SWM) pond. During the second phase of the project, a “smart” SWM system is planned in the location of the former access roadway. Lewis will implement an innovative ponding system with considerable storage capacity, volume monitoring system, and adjustable digital controls for more efficient and effective management of storm water events.
Phase II of the project has now commenced and includes the construction of a new two-story performing arts theater and student activities space that will be located next to the existing high school building. The interior of the building will feature a two-story lower lobby with a grand staircase leading to a multi-purpose space with mezzanine seating and mobile, folding partitions designed for flexible usage of the room including dance instruction and lecture hall. The theater—also accessible via the lower lobby—will include over 400 seats with a pronounced performance platform, a proscenium stage, tiered mezzanine seating, an acoustical ceiling with sound paneling, and advanced audiovisual technology. Backstage will include office spaces, two dressing rooms, costume and prop storage, scene shop and a loading dock for deliveries. The lower level interior will house the control room, concessions, and classroom space—including orchestra, choral, and practice rooms.