A steel beam was hoisted atop the Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center on Tuesday, marking the final stages of exterior construction for the 122,000-square-foot building.
The $24.5 million center will be a space for band and orchestra, drama and speech, pom and cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, vocal music and other arts and athletics.
School Board President David Miller said excitement for the new center is palpable.
“People are just saying ‘wow.' ... It will be a community centerpiece,” he said.
The 1,500-seat performing arts auditorium at 20701 N MacArthur Blvd. will include a multipurpose room, sound booth, stage, orchestra pit, catwalk, service space with an overhead door, scenery and costume shop, drama room, dressing rooms, performers' lounge, and band and vocal music rooms with practice rooms, libraries and office space.
The athletic facility will seat 2,500 people and will have an elevator, offices, training area, lockers, storage space, and laundry and conference rooms.
The performing arts and athletic space will share a common lobby with room for 600 guests and a hospitality and concession area, two sets of restrooms and two ticket booths.
“We'll be able to use the center for so many things,” Miller said.
High School Principal Tracy Skinner said following last year's groundbreaking ceremony that the extra room will allow programs to grow. Space has been cramped as the district has grown closer to a 6A-size.
“We're outgrowing ourself,” she said.
The building is expected to be complete by the summer of 2013.
Ground was broken a year ago. It is part of several expansion projects covered by a $142.1 million bond issue passed in 2009.
A fifth elementary school, the east end of the high school and the freshman academy all are in some state of construction, Miller said.