UNCSA Selects Local Companies as Construction Management for Stevens Center Renovation


UNCSA has announced the selection of Winston-Salem-based Frank L. Blum Construction Company-WC Construction Company (Blum-WC Construction) as Construction Manager for Phase 1 of the Historic Stevens Renovation Center. The team was selected through a qualifications-based process and approved by the UNCSA Board of Directors on July 20.

Blum-WC Construction will provide pre-construction services and construction management for Phase 1, which includes renovation of the building envelope; process accessibility repairs; and upgrades related to water intrusion, HVAC and fire suppression systems. The team will also work closely with architects and engineers to bring construction perspective and expertise to the design process.

In April, the UNCSA Board of Trustees approved nationally recognized Charlotte-based Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Los Angeles-based Steinberg Hart as the design team.

“We are delighted to take the next steps towards the much-anticipated renovation of our Stevens Center, which is essential to our mission and to the cultural and economic development of Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad,” the Chancellor said. UNCSA, Brian Cole. “The Blum-WC Construction team has a proven track record of successfully completing historic preservation and state building projects in North Carolina. In addition to being incredibly skilled, the team has successfully delivered some of our community’s most iconic buildings. And the team’s offices are less than three miles from the Stevens Center.

Some of the local public projects the Blum-WC construction team has worked on include the Forsyth County Public Library, the Kaleideum Children’s Museum and Science Center, improvements to Bowman-Gray Stadium, and the renovation and expansion of Easton Elementary School. Blum has also worked at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and the First Baptist Church on Fifth Street in Winston-Salem and at the Carolina Theater in Greensboro. The Blum-WC team has completed over 550 construction management projects totaling over $1.4 billion over the past 10 years.

“As Construction Manager, Blum-WC Construction will work closely with UNCSA Facilities Management, designers and other project consultants as an integral part of the project team to deliver the best value over the long term. term for the university,” said Blum vice president Mark. Dunnagan. “Throughout our history, we have built many performance halls and large gathering places. This experience allows us to leverage lessons learned regarding acoustics, seating, and many other specifications that benefit UNCSA.

“Our local presence, our experience delivering quality projects across the Triad and the team we have assembled uniquely positions us to deliver the Stevens Center renovation project.”

WC Construction Company Founder and Chairman William Cockerham said, “Blum-WC Construction wants to include individuals who reflect the communities in which we live and work. We have a long-standing commitment to maximizing the participation of historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) in all of our projects, and we recognize the importance that UNCSA places on employing minority and women-owned businesses. We will ensure that small, minority, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses have the maximum opportunity to participate in the execution of contracts undertaken by our team. »

The renovation

A preliminary concept master plan, developed in 2017 by Robert AM Stern Architects (RAMSA) and DLR Group, in consultation with members of the Winston-Salem community as well as faculty, staff and students, laid the groundwork for a renovation to upgrade and improve the customer experience and student learning outcomes provided at the Stevens Center. UNCSA will continue to seek feedback from the Winston-Salem community and partner organizations that use the Stevens Center.

Blum-WC Construction will help determine the current cost and phasing strategy to maximize the $29.8 million appropriation in the North Carolina State Budget, approved in November 2021, for Phase 1 of the renovation of the building. UNCSA will continue to seek a combination of public and private funding for this and future phases.

The Stevens Center will remain online and open for rehearsals and performances through at least the 2022-23 season. Advance planning, including matching the scope of work to the preliminary budget, will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of September. Then the design development phase will take 12-14 months. Construction will follow and is expected to take 18 to 24 months, during which time the building is expected to darken. Information on alternate venues for the applicable UNCSA performance season, community programs and partner organizations during the time the Stevens Center is offline will be announced at a later date.

The Stevens Center

With 1,300 seats, the Stevens Center is the largest learning laboratory and primary performance venue for UNCSA, an economic engine for downtown Winston-Salem, and a cultural destination for residents and visitors. Originally a 1929 silent movie theater, the Carolina Theatre, this neoclassical building has been renovated with a stage and backstage area that can accommodate Broadway-wide performances of live music, theatre, dance and opera. In 1983 it was renamed for theater producer Roger L. Stevens and reopened with a star-studded gala featuring Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Agnes de Mille, Gregory Peck and many more.

The Frank L. Blum Construction Company was the general contractor for the early 1980s renovation of what is now the Stevens Center.

About Frank L. Blum Construction Company

Founded in 1923, Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been a trusted construction partner for North Carolina and Virginia homeowners for nearly a century. The company has a solid reputation for withstanding the toughest economies, partnering with the most demanding homeowners, and excelling in the most complex projects. Many distinctive and beloved buildings bear the Blum Construction imprint of fine craftsmanship on the original structure or its subsequent renovation or restoration.

About WC Construction Company

WC Construction Company, LLC, is comprised of knowledgeable professionals with over 40 years of combined experience within the construction workforce. They are highly regarded for their advanced level of professionalism, integrity and innovation. A minority-owned, HUB-certified company, WC Construction focuses on providing general contracting, construction management and design-build services in the areas of new building construction, additions, renovations and land use planning. The company has been around for 14 years.

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