- Company: Bassett & Associates, Inc.
- Industry: General Building
- Location: Centennial, Colorado
- Expected Completion Date: May 1, 2013
- Project Website
A new amphitheater for the City of Centennial. This project was a design build contract, with Bassett & Associates, Inc. out of Centennial and Eidos Architects. This project is great for the community, it attracts much larger talent then before and provides excellent shade for the community and nearby water park.
The project also included a new loading dock for performers, a front of house area for sound equipment, and additional site features, that will be used for lighting and sound.
What impact does this project have on America?
Here are several quotes from the project team on how the project impact America and the community:
Principal Planner Heather Vidlock
“It allows us to attract performers to the venue and hold great events for the community because we are able to hang the equipment from the structure,” said Heather Vidlock, principal planner and project manager for the amphitheater.
“The reason the city moved forward with these park enhancements is that the park has been so successful, our attendance with events has been over and beyond what we expected,” Vidlock said. “It really gives Centennial a feeling of community and gives a place for the community to come and enjoy events and concerts and be outside and have a great time.”
Mayor Cathy Noon
Noon said the city held several events at the amphitheater last summer, including Reggae in the Park. A few times organizers had to erect a temporary tent over the stage at the amphitheater, which can hold up to 3,000 people.
“Let’s do it and do it right,” Noon said of the stage enhancements. “It’s going to be far more weather-proof, it’s going to be safer, it’s always going to be there.”
“It represents the community gathering place and sort of an identity for Centennial.”
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What interesting obstacles or unusual circumstances did you overcome to complete the project?
During the design and pre construction phase, the design build team had to focus on creating a Amphitheater that fit the existing conditions of the park. This was very difficult due to the location of the existing stage. The time spent during the pre construction phase paid off and the new cover fit the existing stage perfectly. Other obstacles were matching the design with the existing conditions, Bassett & Associates, Inc. and Eidos Architects made sure the steel matched the rest of the park as well as the masonry components of the columns.
What dangers and risks did you encounter, and describe any extraordinary methods used to keep workers safe?
During construction there were several risk that had to be mitigated. The new Amphitheater was built in an existing park that has several thousands of guest each day. Not only did it need to be safe for the workers, but more importantly it needed to be safe for the guest at the park and the community. During pre construction, a site plan and safety plan was developed to ensure the construction was safe and secure. Temporary construction fence was installed prior to any mobilization, and during the lifting of the large steel several employees from Bassett & Associates, Inc. made sure the surrounding areas were clear and safe for the large steel swinging over head.
How did you leverage new technologies to work faster and reduce waste?
During the design phase, the steel and masonry components were designed so they fit perfectly. Very little if any steel was wasted on this project. Also, most of the masonry was specially order for this project from a local quarry. Bassett & Associates, Inc. made several trips to the quarry making sure the masonry was cut specifically for the project and fit the dimensions. The masonry that was not used on the project was later made into a fire pit.