Engineers Week: TFMoran Structural Engineers design New England Studios in Massachuetts
TFMoran of Bedford has completed structural design of New England Studios, a modern, ground-up movie and television studio complex located at Devens, Mass.
Scheduled to open in mid-2013, New England Studios will be a state-of-the-art, soundproof building offering sound stages equal to or better than anything Hollywood has to offer.
Other New Hampshire-based firms include Hutter/Seppala Joint Venture of New Ipswich, which has been awarded the construction management contract. The developer is MJM Development LLC of Andover, Mass. They represent a group of equity investors and California/Hollywood film industry leaders, studio operators and designers led by Bastien Associates of Tustin, Calif., and Gavin & Sullivan of Lowell, Mass.
The studio building will house four 18,000-square-foot sound stages that can be used individually or joined together as a single 72,000-square-foot stage for feature film and television production, with 4,000 square feet of stage support space. In addition, there will be a 30,000-square-foot production support building with dressing rooms, and a 20,000-square-foot building to house production construction facilities, mechanical effects, grip and lighting, and set storage. The complex will also feature drive-on stages, parking for 358 cars, and over 58 star wagon parking accommodations.
Lead designer Gary Bastien is one of the leading studio designers in the world. Over the past 25 years, Bastien has master-planned and designed over 100 sound stages worldwide for clients such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Fox, DreamWorks, Disney, Sony, CBS, NBC, Viacom, and many others. According to Bastien, "New England Studios is a state-of-the-art studio with sound stages that will be equal to or better than any stages in Hollywood. I feel certain the project will be a great success, expand over time, and serve as a lightning rod for future development in the Devens area for many years to come."
This article was written by Robert Duval, PE, president of TFMoran Inc.