Southway was chosen to serve as construction manager for the replacement of the Dolphin Street Building on MICA’s campus. The existing building, situated on a tight urban block and within feet of two historic adjacent buildings, will be razed and replaced with a new, modern five-story building with open spans. The new space will include classrooms, seminar areas, computer and fabrication labs, and offices and service areas to support fabrication.
The site is bounded by the Light Rail to the south, which includes guy wires and poles directly in front of the building, Mount Royal Avenue to the east, Howard Street to the west, and adjacent structures to the north. MICA’s bookstore, which occupies a historic building, is directly adjacent to the east of the site with less than three feet of clearance between the buildings. Behind the structure is the Mount Royal Tavern, which is situated less than two feet away. There is also a service alley to the west of the site that must remain open during construction. This provides a completely landlocked project site of approximately the building’s 5,000 square foot footprint.
Within those site constraints, the existing structure gets demolished and a new five story building erected. This includes typical coordination of utilities, staging, site access, deliveries, equipment operation and construction activities.
Renderings courtesy of GWWO Inc./Architects.