Award of Merit - K-12 Education

Turner Construction Co. was selected as construction manager for the new 225,000 sq ft School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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In addition to housing some of the most technologically advanced theater and recording spaces in the region, the new facility features various dance, art, choir and piano studios and offers students a one-of-a-kind learning environment designed specifically for the arts.

The School for the Creative and Performing Arts is currently the only public-private K-12 performing arts school in the country and was constructed as part of the $1.1 billion Facilities Master Plan for Cincinnati Public Schools for which Turner is serving as construction manager.

The new school was not short on challenges.

The design and construction of the 750-seat theater required a tremendous display of leadership and teamwork. The largest of the three theaters in the building, the space was designed to give students a first class learning environment to prepare them for work in any theater in the U.S.

The space includes a four-position, operable orchestra lift, 50 fully counterweighted line sets capable of being flown 70 ft above the stage floor, three catwalks with a follow spot booth, and all of the latest audio and visual equipment available.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Cincinnati Public Schools
GC: Monarch Construction Co., Cincinnati
CM: Turner Construction Co./DAG/TYS, New York
Architect: CR Architecture & Design, Cincinnati
Civil & MEP Engineer: CR + Fanning Howey + Moody Nolan Associated Architects, Columbus, Ohio
Structural Engineer: Steven Schaefer & Associates Inc., Cincinnati