SANIBEL, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Stevens Construction has completed construction of a new, two-story complex for BIG ARTS located at 900 Dunlop Road, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Stevens Construction provided construction management services for a new 27,000-square-foot facility which house a 3,800-square-foot performing arts center with 414-seat theater. The first floor features a spacious lobby, green room, box office, gift shop, piano storage, catering kitchen, two dressing rooms with showers and an expanded art gallery.

An education center is situated on the second floor to host lectures as well as painting, drawing, photography, music, dance and pottery workshops and classes. The second floor also includes an administrative department with conference rooms and offices. The conference rooms have video conferencing capabilities enabling BIG ARTS to stream in lecturers or conference participants.

BIG ARTS features an expansive, impact-resistant, reflective glass façade at the front of the building which overlooks an outdoor veranda while reducing the heat load of the building. A broadened driveway for guest drop-off, landscaped walkways and ample parking provides convenience for guests.

Stevens Construction constructed BIG ARTS with energy efficient elements such as a metal roof to reflect heat, chilled water heating and cooling system to provide energy efficient climate control, spray foam insulation to provide a thermal barrier from the exterior to interior and LED lighting.

Stevens Construction demolished the existing approximate 18,000-square-foot building which housed the auditorium, gallery and offices within four days.

Stevens Construction provided pre-construction services for a year offering recommendations and constructability reviews to ensure that the project could be achieved within their budget and tight schedule.

The Stevens Construction team includes Mike Waskiewicz, project manager; Jim Ruby, superintendent; Tate Hernly, project engineer and Sue Ziegenfus, project administrator. The project was designed by Amy Nowacki Architect, LLC.