Mesa Arts Center

Project Management

Project Type:
Performing and Visual Arts Center

Mesa, Arizona

207,000 SF

A 207,000 square foot performing and visual arts center that includes a 1600-seat Tom and Janet Ikeda Theatre, 550-seat Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theatre, 200-seat Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse Theatre, and 99-seat Anita Cox Farnsworth Studio Theatre. The campus also includes 14 performing and visual arts studios, visual arts gallery, and administrative offices sited on a 7-acre downtown plaza. This entertainment center attracts a variety of live performances including Broadway shows, concerts, comedy events and dance. Rick Pfannenstiel, as the Owner’s Advocate, led and managed the collective Project Team on behalf of the City of Mesa. He achieved consensus among the significant number of stakeholders, developed planning documents, performed design document reviews, facilitated cost estimate preparation/reconciliation and value engineering, established and updated project schedules, performed construction administration, and defined and initiated internal staff assignments.

Challenges Met

During the Planning Phase, the program validation exercise demonstrated that the proposed total project budget, which was established in the needs assessment, would be 35%-85% less than the anticipated program, function and quality goals. The Project Team, led by Project Director Rick Pfannenstiel, orchestrated collaboration among the Design Committee, City Finance Department, the Non-Profit Leadership, and the Design Team to synchronize objectives and reach consensus. Rick met the public procurement challenge by developing and implementing a qualified apparent low bid process that protected the integrity of the Project and, by aligning Stakeholders goals, he developed priorities and gained consensus that advanced the Project. Due to these coordination efforts, the project was ultimately carried through completion within budget.