Performing Arts Center work to continue after opening
By Eric Kalis
The Miami Performing Arts Center is on schedule for its Oct. 5 grand opening, but workers will be putting finishing touches on the complex until the end of the year.
The center's staff is scheduled to move into the building Aug. 4, Chief Operating Officer Jarret Haynes said at a June 14 construction meeting.
Most construction work on the 4,800-seat arts center - which includes a ballet and opera house, a concert hall and a studio theater - is completed, said Mr. Haynes. But workers will conduct small repairs through the end of the year, he said - including touch-up painting, carpeting and hardware.
Costs to date have totaled $328 million, according to Mr. Haynes.
Among the major projects completed in June:
NInstallation of seats on all levels in both the ballet opera house and concert hall.
NRemoval of scaffolding from the main audience chamber of the ballet opera house and patio area.
NFinishing of exterior stone installation around both the ballet opera house and concert hall.
Workers have added wood floors on the box tier of the concert hall and finished installing palm trees along Biscayne Boulevard.
Performing Arts Center officials hired Custom Building Cleaning Services, a Miami subcontractor, to do a final cleaning before members of the PAC Trust open their offices in August.
Builders contracted by Miami-Dade County continue to work with City of Miami and Florida Department of Transportation contractors on construction of the Super Block surrounding the Performing Arts Center, which remains on schedule for completion before occupancy, Chief of Construction Ola Aluko said.
The first of four Super Block streets, Northeast 14th Street, was re-opened for traffic. Two northbound lanes of Northeast 13th Street between Biscayne Boulevard and North Bayshore Drive were reopened Monday, Mr. Aluko said, but one lane will remain closed through late July.
Periodic lane closures will occur on Northeast 13th Street beginning Friday, he said, to install the last manhole and well. City of Miami contractors are expected to close portions of the street to add bricks on the south sidewalk, Mr. Aluko said, but the exact date has not been determined.
Builders had to overcome a slight challenge in the reconstruction of the Biscayne Boulevard portion of the Super Block between Northeast 14th and 15th streets, Mr. Aluko said. The City of Miami's subcontractor had to reconfigure plans to pave the street because Florida Power & Light was working underground on Northeast 14th Street. To avoid a delay in reconstruction, he said, the subcontractor installed the first two layers of asphalt in the southbound lane and will not begin working on the northbound lane until FPL finishes its utility work.
"The FPL/City of Miami coordination issue does not affect the PAC's target Temporary Certificate of Occupancy date of Aug. 4," Mr. Aluko said. "We believe the City of Miami's portion of the Super Block will be completed well in advance of Aug. 22."
Mr. Haynes said at the construction meeting that an inventory of more than 2,500 spaces has been secured. A public information campaign on the parking situation will be unveiled, he said, within the next few weeks.