Location: 835 College Ave., Kentfield

Owner and developer: Marin Community College District

Design: architecture -- Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects; landscape -- GLSD Landscape Architecture

Engineering: civil -- GHD (Winzler & Kelly); structural -- The Crosby Group; mechanical, electrical and plumbing -- Guttmann & Blaevoet

Contractors: general -- Midstate Construction

Consultants: construction management -- Swinerton; cost estimator -- Saylor Consulting Group; acoustical -- Charles M. Salter Associates; building code -- Rolf Jensen & Associates; theatrical audio-visual -- The Shalleck Collaborative; green building and LEED -- Green Building Services; owner-controlled insurance program -- Keenan & Associates

Signage and graphics: Kate Keating Associates

Cost: $17.2 million

KENTFIELD -- A series of new construction, renovation and modernization projects has been under way for several years on the College of Marin campus in Kentfield.

 Chief among these was the modernization of the former Fine Arts Building (which was renamed as the Performing Arts Center) and new construction of two dance studios, an art gallery, and a theater lobby, as well as the construction of an Arts Plaza.

“When it came to what to do about the older building, a decision had to be made as to whether it would be more cost effective to remodel existing building space or construct new space,” according to Laura McCarty, Director of Campus Modernization.

The solution included demolishing two wings in front of the existing 60-year-old Fine Arts Building, to make room for adding more space on the first and second floors.

Upgrades were made to the theater and lobby, classrooms, offices and music studios.  Two new dance studios and an art gallery/lecture hall were part of the modernization as were improvements to rest room facilities and elevators.

Midstate Construction Corporation was the general contractor. Swinerton, Inc. provided on-site construction management services.

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects created the overall design concept. Winzler & Kelly was the civil engineering firm, and the Crosby Group provided structural engineering support.  

The total cost of the modernization and renovation of the Performing Arts Project was $17.2 million with funding derived from Measure C bonds.

Groundbreaking for this project took place on February 28, 2011, with the demolition of 34,103 square feet of the old 86,499 square foot former Fine Arts Building, built in 1952.  

This made way for two new dance studios, a new lobby and art gallery. The addition is a 9,700 square foot wing encompassing two floors and providing mezzanine access to the theater projection booth. The demolition phase was completed in October 2011.

During this same time frame, a new 22,500-square-foot, three-story Fine Arts Building was constructed adjacent to the renamed Performing Arts Building.

Both campus buildings are located along Circle Drive adjacent to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

Native, drought-resistant landscaping has been planted around the Performing Arts building and within the new Arts Plaza. GLSD Landscape Architecture provided landscaping services.

The Performing Arts Building remodel includes a number of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and life safety upgrades.

ADA Improvements include wider doorways, compliant sidewalks, easy-to-use door hardware, ramps enabling full access by wheelchairs and the installation of a more accessible elevator.

Asbestos insulation in this structure was removed in all areas that were remodeled and replaced with non-hazardous materials.

Lighting, sound, electrical and communications systems were upgraded, and new flooring and finishes were applied in many areas.

Assisted listening devices will be available in the theater and performing arts venues.

“We wanted to design a more inviting and spacious entrance lobby and gallery as well as to make sure that the gallery was more secure from the possibility of theft,” Ms. McCarty said.

As a result of these and other improvements, the dance studios, the 600-seat James Dunn Theater as well as several music rooms are now combined for the first time at the same location.

The Shalleck Collaborative was the A/V and theater consultant, and Charles M. Salter Associates was the acoustical consultant for these projects.

The Arts Plaza was completed between the Performing Arts and Fine Arts Buildings. This area features special planters and seating designed to foster an interactive space where students, faculty, visitors and patrons of the performing arts can meet and relax.

The use of sustainable building practices in connection with these projects is consistent with requirements for obtaining LEED® Silver Certification. Green Building Services was the LEED Project Consultant to the Marin Community College District.

A grand re-opening celebration for the refurbished Performing Arts Building is planned on March 1, 2013.