Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center at Broward Center for the Performing Arts Gets Topped Off!

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A key milestone was celebrated in the multi-phase construction project at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, topping off the three-story, 27,630-square-foot Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Crews hoisted a rose bush, honoring the building’s namesake and benefactor, to the highest point of the building, which is scheduled for completion this spring. With one of the nation’s largest arts-in-education programs, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts already hosts more than 150,000 Broward County public school students annually. The Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center will establish dedicated educational facilities for the cultural complex, including a studio theater named for JM Family, 3,000 square feet of classroom, coaching and office space, and 2,100 square feet for rehearsals and recitals. Advanced technology throughout the entire Broward Center campus will allow for distance-learning programs to connect students with artists locally, nationally and worldwide.

Miller Construction Company teamed with Stiles to create a local joint venture for the purpose of transforming the Broward Center through its 3-phase upgrade, renovation and addition. The Broward Center’s new 11,700-square-foot Huizenga Pavilion, which Stiles/Miller is building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, is also under construction at the site for mid-2014 completion. In an earlier project phase, the construction team renovated the 2,688-seat Au-Rene Theater, upgrading audio, lighting and climate control systems, the orchestra lift and other production features, plus roof, seating and carpeting.