July 19, 2017
On Wednesday July 19, 2017, the NYC Department of Design and Construction High School and College interns went on a construction site visit to the Manhattan Class Company Theater, one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater companies. The MCC Theater tour was led by DDC architect Andrew Berman, Senior Construction Project Manager Suzanne Lee Kim, and LiRo Group MEP Inspector Vincent Lappin.
The MCC Theater is scheduled to be completed in 2018. When completed the theater will include three levels; the ground level which will house two theaters; a 243-seat theater and a 99-seat black box theater. The Control Room level will consist of a lighting room, a sound control room, A/V closet, and dimmer and dressing rooms. The mezzanine level will accommodate administrative offices, meeting rooms, rehearsal studios, pantry, and a banquet area.
The project supervisors spoke about the complexity of building two theaters adjacent to one another. DDC Architect Andrew Berman, noted that the concrete structure was fortified to provide an enhanced level of sound proofing due to the noise caused by vibrations from trains entering the Amtrak tunnel directly below MCC. The engineers explained the many challenges they faced during construction and the interns learned about the importance of communication and teamwork among all the various professionals in the field. The interns asked many questions and received practical career advice from the built environment professionals.