03/15/2018 – Kansas City, MO – CST Industries, the world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum specialty structures, has recently been awarded the contract for the design, engineering, fabrication and construction of the new entry canopy at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA in Fort Worth, Texas.
Set atop a hill with beautiful views and just east of downtown Fort Worth, TX, this historic campus, the former I.M. Terrell High School, will become the beacon for the Fort Worth Independent School District’s arts, science and engineering programs. The new 40-million-dollar Performing Arts Center and STEM High School project is being funded by a 2013 capital improvement program and bond election. The new construction and renovations to the historic campus will transform it into a state-of-the-art academy offering music, dance, visual arts and theater, plus a STEM curriculum. The signature performance venue will house a 900-seat auditorium and 200-seat black box.
“The I. M. Terrell Academy will be a signature landmark for the school district and the community, serving as a dynamic hub for students with a passion for VPA and for STEM,” noted Jason Mellard, Senior Associate at Corgan.
To honor the historic structure and create a cohesive campus, Corgan developed the concept of a grand canopy extending from the new performance hall to the original I. M. Terrell High School. In addition, the canopy frames the expansive downtown Fort Worth view, communicating to visitors and students that this is both a school of the city and for the city.
CST aided in the development of this canopy by introducing non-corrosive aluminum extrusion technology for a lifetime of maintenance-free construction to the project. The 90’ x 92’ canopy, supported on eight columns, consists of a custom extrusion framing system with corrugated decking and a cantilevered trellis system.
“CST is proud to have the opportunity to work with this distinguished team of Corgan and Con-Real | Turner in development of this exciting project,” said Grace Ferretti, Global Business Development Manager – Architectural Division at CST. “The entire canopy and its components are fabricated from aluminum materials. By utilizing a 24” deep beam on the edge condition, CST eliminated the need for a fascia and aided in the value engineering study that Con-Real | Turner, the General Contractor, underwent to provide the district with the most cost-effective solution that fit into their very tight construction schedule.”
FWISD and the surrounding community is excited for the new academy, which is anticipated to open in the fall of 2018.
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