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Construction is Under Way at Deerfield Academy Center for the Arts

11.01.13 / Peter Reiss AIA, LEED AP

Construction is well under way at the Deerfield Academy Center for the Arts - due to open in August, 2014. Steel framing is up for the major additions of a new art gallery and a new concert hall. Both structures will add valuable new space along with unifying circulation for the previously disjointed arts buildings. Demolition is complete for the majority of the existing 60,000 square feet of buildings in the complex - all due for a major overhaul and update to create a new cohesive home for the arts.

Modifications to existing buildings are always a complicated challenge to build - this has been particularly true for the work taking place at the main auditorium. The original auditorium was built in 1952 and is being modified with additional seating to fit the entire student and faculty population for weekly "all school meetings".

In order to complete the demolition and steel installation in the auditorium, a complicated system of structural shoring was provided so that heavy equipment and materials could be brought in without overloading the original concrete floor slab. As pictured below, a series of cored holes in the floor slab and steel posts down to the basement level provide an "elevated track" for a heavy crane to be brought into the two story space. Steel for a new balcony in the grand space is set for installation in the coming weeks!

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