Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Griffin Electric) has recently completed the electrical installation work at the new Cary Arts Center, located in Cary, NC.
Opened this spring, the former Cary Elementary/High School is the site of this new arts center, encompassing 48,000-sf. A complete renovation of the former learning institution, the updated building includes rooms for classes, studio, rehearsal and performance, plus office space for visual arts, ceramic arts, and performing arts.
A spacious lobby welcomes visitors and patrons, with an adjacent gallery space. Also on the main floor is a concession area and 399-seat theater, in addition to three classrooms, which may also be used for lobby overflow. Furthermore, this level has the addition of a fly tower, which allows for theater sets to be built and stored on-site. The lower level of the building includes classrooms for ceramics, wood and fabric shops. The upper level, comprised of five classrooms, also includes rehearsal and conference rooms.
The Griffin Electric team was responsible for replacing the previous electrical service on-site with a 1000A, 480/277V service and providing electrical feeds for a new fire pump chiller, six air-handlers and two elevators.
Additionally, the team installed several new systems including, fire alarm, security and public address, lighting control and lightning protection. A new state-of-the-art performance lighting system was furnished for the theater and rehearsal rooms, in addition to three new dimmer racks and smart switches within the main control room for the performance lighting system. BD+C