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Plano ISD to Select CMAR for $50M Fine Arts Center

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The Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside, California (for illustrative purposes only).


Posted: 4-25-2017, 2:11 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Plano (Collin County) - General contractors are preparing bids in hopes of becoming the selected firm for the construction of a 90,000-square-foot Fine Arts Center for the Plano Independent School District.

Contractors were to meet this afternoon at 2 p.m. in a pre-proposal conference held at the Plano ISD purchasing office. The project architects—Perkins+Will Architects of Dallas and Bora Architects of Portland, Oregon—were to be present. The architects were selected by the district on Feb. 27.

VBX Project ID: 2017-3A14

The agreement being offered is for a Construction Manager at Risk for pre-construction and construction services. The initial estimated construction budget is $50 million, which is funding that came through the 2016 bond referendum.

Plano ISD wants a free-standing new building that will be place on a 16.3-acre greenfield that is on the east side of the 2100 block of Alma Road and west of Harrington Park. It would be south of West Park Boulevard. The school district purchased the site last October for $4.28 million.

The proposed Fine Arts Center will have four major components:

  • A 1,500-seat multi-purpose performance hall with upper level balcony and lower level orchestra pit.
  • A 250-seat studio theater.
  • A rehearsal studio for music and dance classes.
  • A visual art gallery.

There shall also be a main lobby, theater and visual art support spaces, and a receiving dock. The greenfield will also accommodate surface parking lots of sufficient area to handle from 600 to 700 vehicles.

Finally, there is to be outdoor spaces designed for public gatherings and performances.



The 16-acre project site will have entrance/exit access from Alma Drive. It is across Spring Creek from Harrington Park.


The deadline for CMAR proposals is May 10, 2 p.m.

According to the solicitation, Plano ISD as owner will contract directly with a DMAR for performing general construction of the project. The CMAR will provide the Initial Guaranteed Maximum Price and a Final Guaranteed Maximum, “at the appropriate times in development of the project.”

The evaluation team will consist of owner and architect representatives. Interviews will be held May 17.

Schematic designs are estimated to be in by August, and design development estimates in by November. Construction documents are to be at 50 percent completion by March 2018, and at 90 percent completion by June 2018.



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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.