Sanford, Florida: Harry Parkhurst, associate AIA, Managing Director of Architectural Design Partners, announces their selection to design and build the Volusia Community Center for the Performing Arts to be located in DeLand, Florida.
The Center, to be located on a 40-to-50-acre site, consists of a main performance hall to seat 750; 4 performance halls each seating 200 (one of which is a children’s hall); 8 rehearsal halls for dance or music; and office and workshop facilities. A unique feature includes a surface parking area for 2000 cars consisting of a special concrete grid system. The ecological friendly system is planted with grass thus eliminating vast areas of hard paving. Of significance is the elimination of stairs throughout the public areas creating a fully handicapped accessible facility. In addition, the building will withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 200 mph and will be self-sufficient with a solar panel system.
“Normally a facility of this size with adjacent parking garages on a small site would cost between $550M to $575M and take 5 years to build,” explained Harry. “With our advanced construction methods and management techniques we propose to build the Center on a larger site at an estimated cost of between $450M and $475M and complete the construction in less than 2.5 years”.
Currently The Volusia Community Arts Committee is finalizing their facility requirements. With this information in hand, Architectural Design Partners will prepare the preliminary floor plans and prospectives of the main concert hall and the building as well as preliminary budgeting for review and use in fundraising. Upon acceptance, the design drawings will be published.