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Boston Conservatory and Lee Kennedy Co. Announce “Topping Off”

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Conservatory, together with Lee Kennedy Co., announces the “topping off” of the Hemenway Project, the $30 million renovation and expansion of the Conservatory’s 60-year old theater building. The brief topping off ceremony, whereby the final and highest beam will be hoisted and placed at the top of the building, will take place today, November 6, 2009, at 12:30pm at 31 Hemenway Street. The event will be commemorated by a brass quintet (performing from the roof of the building) and balloon release (using biodegradable latex balloons). Guests are asked to convene on Hemenway Street on the sidewalk directly across from the theater building for best viewing.

The theater building is scheduled to re-open in fall 2010. Once completed, the project will add 16,000 square feet of new rehearsal and studio performance space, as well as air conditioning, handicapped accessibility, improved seating and a host of technical upgrades in the 300-seat theater. It is the first major facilities initiative undertaken by the institution in 50 years.

In addition to Lee Kennedy Co., the Hemenway Project team includes Handel Architects and construction project management by KVAssociates (Boston, MA).

For more information about the Hemenway Project,

About The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit

About Lee Kennedy Co., Inc.
Lee Kennedy Co. is a full-service contractor that provides general contracting, construction management, preconstruction, program management and design/ build services. The company’s extensive portfolio includes work in a variety of industry sectors, including healthcare, academic, institutional, commercial, residential and hospitality.

Joyce Linehan
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