Concord awards bids for theater renovation

A rendering of what Beickman Performing Arts Center will look like when completed. 

DUNLAP — The Concord School Board approved contracts totaling $1,363,500 for the construction renovations of the Beickman Performing Arts Center at Concord High School.

The board approved work on Monday for the first phase of the project, which includes site work, building concrete and structural steel and steel deck upon the recommendation of Nate Koets, director of facilities at Concord Community Schools.

Koets said the bids came in lower than what they had estimated the first phase of the project to cost.

Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend was awarded a contract for site work and building concrete for a sum of $934,000.

R. Yoder Construction of Nappanee was awarded the contract for structural steel and steel deck for the sum of $429,500.

The total project budget is $5 million and will be paid for by lease bonds sold through the building corporation. The project will occur in two phases.

The project would expand the lobby by about 10,000 square feet and would double the restroom capacity to two men’s restrooms, two women’s restrooms and a family restroom. Currently, the venue has one men’s restroom and one women’s restroom, according to Koets

Renovations also include adding ADA entrance and seating and other upgrades within the performing arts house.

The project will not increase property taxes, school officials said.

Indianapolis-based firm Schmidt and Associates will lead the design and engineering work.

The Performing Arts Department at Concord High School involves approximately half of the school’s 1,500 students at the high school. Students are involved in band, choir, dance orchestra and theater.

The venue is used annually for the high school’s Christmas Spectacular. The district’s younger grades use the space for their elementary music holiday programs.

Construction is expected to begin in early April.

The goal is to have the project completed by Nov. 19, ahead of holiday shows, officials said. 

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