An instrumental component to the revitalization of downtown Pittsfield, the Beacon Cinema project was completed over one month ahead of schedule. The 75,000 sqare-foot renovation of North Street's Kresge-Kinnell building into six stadium-style theatres, restaurant, retail and office space, is the culmination of several years of planning, estimating, and value engineering by Allegrone. A unique high-profile construction project with both intense political oversight and the involvement of numerous funding agencies, Allegrone was recognized by the mayor and City of Pittsfield in a grand unveiling ceremony.
The project's scope included a complete interior structural demolition of the western half of the building leaving only the perimeter walls intact. The eastern half of the building required a major historical restoration and installation of a new four-stop elevator.
This 2 million dollar façade restoration is a major component to the overall restoration of the Historic Kinnell and Kresge Building in downtown Pittsfield. Consisting primarily of architectural glazed terra cotta, was extremely difficult as a result of the strict historic restoration requirements of The National Park Service. Of the more than 2000 terra cotta pieces to be removed, approximately 1000 of them were to be restored using a custom made restoration mortar and glazing system, and 1000 were to be replaced in kind. This type of reinstallation required a detailed removal and documentation process due to the intricate nature of both the layout and unique geometry of the pieces.
Of the 2000 pieces removed, 150 were packaged and shipped to Gladding McBean in California for shop drawings, models, molds, and ultimately the new pieces to be made. The remaining pieces were either discarded or restored offsite by Allegrone masons. This project also included a significant window restoration aspect as well as new storefronts and sign boards. The restoration was completed ahead of schedule in the late fall of 2009 and under the City Budget.