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Coppell Picks Project Manager for Arts Center, Approves Shopping Center

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Coppell's Center for the Arts (above) will be replaced with a new performing arts center in Old Town Coppell.


Posted: 7-12-2017, 2:58 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Coppell (Dallas County) - The Coppell City Council yesterday agreed to make Gallagher Construction Services the project manager for a $14 million civic arts center, and in other business approved a Planned Development-Retail zoning change for a new shopping center.

At its Tuesday meeting, City Council amended its 2014 Master Agreement with Gallagher for program construction manager services, adding the new Coppell Arts Center project to the list of capital improvement projects the firm had previously been awarded.

Corgan, the architectural firm, was given authority in June 2016 to provide preliminary site planning for an Arts Center that will be located in the Old Town Coppell district. And on Jan. 10, Corgan was instructed to move forward with the "schematic design only." Since January, Gallagher has already been working with Corgan on cost estimates.

Tuesday's decision sets the stage for Phase 2, design and development of the construction documents.

Gallagher will have responsibility for consulting in the facility's design during the pre-bid and bid stages.

"Gallagher will provide guidance regarding the selection of the construction company to provide the best facility at the best price," a memorandum to council stated. "Gallagher will oversee the Coppell Arts Center project through full acceptance of each identified project."

Gallagher will provide services related to design value engineering, management of design professionals, construction manager at risk coordination, project tracking and documentation, construction administration and inspections, substantial completion, acceptance, and closure of the Coppell Arts Cetner, the memorandum said.

Their agreed upon fee for services is $476,000, or about 3.4 percent of the total cost.

The Arts Center is intended to replace an existing performing arts hall that has outlived its usefullness. The new center is also intended to contribute toward the city's goal of redeveloping Old Town Coppell by introducing a mixed-use development with retail, restaurants, entertainment, professional offices and other quality of life amenities around the square.

Corgan is to design a 22,425-square-foot facility with three main spaces:

  • A Black Box/Flexible Theater with seating for 200
  • A Main Performance Hall with seating for 320.
  • A Multi-Purpose Space for rehearsal and community uses.

Pecan Creek Shopping Center


In other business, council approved a zoning change to permit the construction of a shopping center to be located at the northeast corner of South Denton Tap Road where it is crossed by the DART rail line. The project site is about 2.5 acres and south of East Bethel Road.

The developer is Biladi Investments LLC of Carrollton, a company represented by Mori Akhavan of Mori's Engineering Inc. in PLano.

Biladi plans to build two commercial retail buildings. The larger building will be 13,200 square feet and will be a multi-tenant building. A 2,700-square-foot building just south of it will be reserved for a restaurant tenant.


Biladi requested and was allowed two deviations. As explained by city planning staff, "One relates to screening and the other to the colors on the exterior façade. The southern 40 percent of the property abuts a residential zoning district. Therefore, a 6-foot masonry screening wall would normally be required. However, the portion of the property with residential adjacency is physically and visually separated from  the residences by a heavily treed, creek area. Moreover, the closest existing home is over 200 feet from the retail property line and the Site Plan indicates the buildings to be setback 160 feet from the mutual property line.

"The building elevations comply with the provision of the Retail district in terms of masonry requirement and the maximum percentage of windows on any façade. However, the inclusion of three colors exceeds the threshold of 5 percent permitted to be accent colors, as included in the Zoning Ordinance. This variance is appropriate given the overall aesthetics of the building and the compliance with all other provisions of the masonry requirement."

The site plan places the buildings between the street and the parking lot. When the case was before the Planning & Zoning Commission, concerns were raised about the main entrances being from the parking lot. However, Biladi agreed to install doors and sidewalks on the street side to give the structures the impression of a street-facing facade.

Allen James Terrill & Associates of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania is the project architect. Aroids Landscape Architect in Garland provided the landscape site plan; the landscaping will include 30 shade trees, 26 ornamental trees and 43 shrubs on more than 25,000 square feet of interior and perimeter landscaping.




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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.