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Dunedin Beacon
DFAC ‘tops out’ main campus addition
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From left, Robert DiSpirito, Dunedin City Manager, George Ann Bissett, Dunedin Fine Arts Center executive director, Dave Eggers, Dunedin Mayor, and Joe Kokolakis, general contractor, celebrate the “topping out” of the center’s new addition Jan. 21.
DUNEDIN - J. Kokolakis Contracting and the Dunedin Fine Art Center officially “topped out” the addition of nearly 11,000 square feet Jan. 21.

The addition adds about 7,500 square feet to DFAC’s main campus on Michigan Boulevard in Dunedin. Joseph Kokolakis joined DFAC’s executive director, George Ann Bissett in thanking everyone who has made this project possible, including Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers and City Manager Rob DiSpirito, private donors, DFAC Board Members and all of the crew from J. Kokolakis Contracting during the short ceremony.

The $3.5 million project designed by Collman and Karsky Architects of Tampa and constructed by J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs, breaks the sky on the final phase in the Expanding Creative Visions capital campaign. Termed Vision 2014, this phase offers significant expansion and improvement for DFAC’s programs, Bissett said.

“It’s exciting to see this project moving forward,” said Catherine Bergmann, DFAC’s Adult Education director. “This will mean so much for the adult students in the Gladys Douglas School for the Arts, and all of our visitors.”

The construction, which was spurred by a state of Florida matching grant and funding from the city of Dunedin will add a new gallery and four studio/classrooms as well as house a newly renovated Gallery Gift Shop and Palm Cafe.

The “Topping Out,” included the enclosure of the second floor, though interior completion of that level will await additional funding said Ken Hannon, associate executive director of DFAC. When completed, the six studios housed on the 7,500 sq. ft. second floor will be a “enable a dramatic leap forward in DFAC’s educational offerings,” Hannon said.

For more information on the project, call 727-298-DFAC.
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