PZS is currently working with Ellenzweig on the preliminary design, cost estimate, and phasing of a new STEM educational building and theater. The existing structure is a 132,098 GSF Science Center built in the 1970s that houses science and engineering teaching labs, a large 350 seat theater, a smaller black box theater, music practice rooms, classrooms and lecture halls, an engineering fabrication lab, faculty offices, and various support spaces. The project is set for completion by September 2020 and the total project cost is $22 million.
The building will remain occupied during construction, and so work will be completed in a phased approach that will include a complete upgrade of all building systems to meet ADA requirements, a number of architectural and mechanical modifications to the existing lab and faculty office space, the removal and replacement of the HVAC and control systems, updated LED lighting throughout along with a completely new theatrical lighting system, replacement of the existing plumbing equipment and piping systems, a new sprinkler system for fire protection. Several alternates are also being designed and priced, such as renovations and/or additions to the lobby area as well
as various theatrical improvements.