Dacon Corporation recently completed the design/build relocation and renovation project for the Huntington Theatre Company’s Production Center. The project was a huge success due to collaboration, teamwork and Dacon’s innovative design/build approach.
In October of 2016, Dacon and Leggat McCall teamed up to help the Huntington Theatre Company relocate its Production Center from Huntington Avenue in Boston, to 46 Garden Street in Everett, MA. Through an innovative design/build approach, Dacon assisted Huntington in site selection, supported landlord lease negotiations, prepared project costing, and completed construction in only eight months’ time.
To understand the Theatre’s must-haves for operation and site selection, in Phase 1, Dacon implemented a programming exercise that identified a few key factors including: 25’ -/+ clear height, 30-35’ clear floor space, ample room for prop and costume storage, and the ability for material loading. Three sites were selected for architectural, structural and MEP review. Ultimately, the Huntington committee selected leasing the 40,000 SF site in Everett.
Huntington was able to simultaneously proceed with Phase 2 as the Everett lease was being finalized. In Phase 2, Dacon completed all required construction documents, the procurement of long lead items and finalization of the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the project. Huntington Theatre Company board members made timely decisions on the location and budget, allowing for construction to commence on March 6, 2017, with completion on June 21, 2017.
The new 40,000 SF fit-up consists of manufacturing and office space on the first floor and prop/costume storage areas on the lower level. The project included relocating three structural building columns to create a large clear floor area for the paint shop, the installation of a new 12,000 lb. capacity material lift in the existing freight elevator shaft, a new 26’x26’ loading platform, and new employee shower/locker area.
The innovative design/build approach enabled this project to come to life in eight months. The teamwork and collaboration between the Huntington Theatre committee, Leggat McCall, Denenberg Realty Advisors and Dacon was integral to the projects’ success. This encompassed the site selection, programming, test fits, lease negotiations to lease execution, engineering, and construction. The overall project cost came in below the Guaranteed Maximum Price, resulting in savings to the owner. The partnership of the design and construction that Dacon brings to every project expedites the process and eliminates scope gaps, which allows for the client to realize an actual Guaranteed Maximum Price.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 10, 2017. Development plans are ongoing to renovate the existing theatre, which will remain on Huntington Avenue in Boston.