Dayton’s Shook Construction is part of a joint venture that will replace Fairmont High School’s auditorium. SHARAHN D. BOYKIN/STAFF

Joint venture to build new $10M auditorium in Kettering

Shook Touchstone, a joint venture between Dayton-based Shook Construction and Lima-based Touchstone CPM, will provide construction management services for the $10 million replacement of Fairmont High School’s auditorium.

The scope of the project for Kettering City Schools includes the replacement of the existing auditorium at the high school, the joint venture said in an announcement Wednesday. The new auditorium will include an expanded lobby.

“We’re excited about the project. It’s one we’ve been needing to do for some time,” said Ken Lackey, Kettering City Schools’ director of business services.

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Demolition will begin in the summer of 2017 with subcontractor bidding starting this spring. Work should be complete by August 2018, Shook said.

The architect is Dayton-based Ruetschle Architects.

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Lackey said the current auditorium is getting older. Then there’s this consideration: The school’s music programs are “huge,” he said.

“We’re looking for a little larger auditorium, both in seating capacity and performance space,” he said.

The current auditorium hasn’t been renovated much since it was built in the late 1950s.

Said Lackey: “We’re just trying to bring that up to today’s standards.”

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The project is still in the planning stages, so the district could share no conceptual drawings at this point.

The funding for the construction is local. District voters passed a permanent improvement levy last March, and school leaders told voters they would undertake this project among others. Money from the levy can’t be used for employee salaries, Lackey said.

Shook Touchstone has performed over $1 billion in pre-kindergarten to-12 construction work since its inception in 2007.

Shook saw 2015 revenue of over $215 million. The company focuses on six market sectors: education, health care, industrial, data centers, retail and water resources.

With 250 employees, Shook works in 13 states with offices in Dayton, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Indiana and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

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