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C.D. Smith receives AGC award for SLC’s Franciscan Music Center

Posted On October 09, 2014

UNDERGRAD_resizedimage325224-Franciscan-Music-Centerv2C.D. Smith Construction Inc., which built the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College, is receiving an award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin.

The Madison-based professional trade association’s 2014 Build Wisconsin award ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Oct. 9, at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

C.D. Smith Construction Inc. of Fond du Lac, working in conjunction with Bray Architects of Sheboygan, built the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, which is being honored in the General Contractor-New Construction category. The venue was officially dedicated in October 2013.

“We’re very fortunate and blessed to have this facility on our campus,” Damon Carlson, SLC’s Director of Choral Activities, said the day of the dedication event.

C.D. Smith noted in the award submission that “the layout of the building was challenging from the foundations up to the unique splayed columns, which the wood beams bear on. The entire main lobby was built on a radius, which meant each of the 24 individual columns had to be installed perfectly in order for the large, premanufactured wood beams to fit. This took time, patience and the most advanced instrumentation to complete.”

The construction utilized a variety of materials: wood beams, steel, precast, masonry and steel framing. The facade is wrapped with natural stone and expansive glass openings allowing natural lighting throughout the building.

The centerpiece of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance is the 464-seat Endries Hall. Directly outside the performance hall is Ariens Atrium, which offers seating for up to 200 people as well as beautiful views outside. In addition, the facility features a sizable rehearsal space, classrooms, practice rooms, a courtyard and a hallway art gallery.

The facility hosts a variety of performances year-round, and is available as rental space, as well. For more information about the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, visit www.franciscanmusiccenter.org.