- Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center
The Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center was constructed by the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. It was completed in
March 2006and consists of five separate facilities: an arena, stadium, theater, conference centerand food production center. It is located in Cypress in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, about 21.5 miles northwest of downtown Houston.
Infobox City |official_name = The Berry Center
The "Berry Center", as it has been nicknamed, provides Cy-Fair ISD with district-wide staff development for teachers; extra- and co-curricular activities, performances and competitions;
cateringand banquets for honors, awards and celebrations; a parking area with 4,000 spaces; and a center for graduationexercises.
Amenities include an 11,000-seat athletic stadium; a 16,000 square-foot conference center used for staff development, which can be partitioned into 17 rooms; a 456-seat auditorium; a multi-purpose area designed for a maximum capacity of 9,500 people with 8,300 fixed seats (which is home to the
Texas Copperheads arena footballteam, now part of af2); a floor banquet seating and catering facility to accommodate the preparation and serving of 1,000 meals; a complete loading dock, backstage marshalry, star and support dressing areas; and administrative office space.
Since its completion, the Rick Berry Center's facilities have been booked by church groups, local
high schoolsand community colleges, and other school districtsfor use in graduation ceremonies and group meetings. These bookings increase Cy-Fair's visibility as a school district and also bring in extra revenue that is used to fund educational programs across the district.
PBK Architects, Inc. along with their design consultant, HOK Sport Venue were the architects for the complex.
The Center's namesake is a former Cy-Fair superintendent, who was serving in that role at the time the Center was named for him.
The Berry Center was built at a cost of $72.9 million. [http://berrycenter.net/overview.html]
* [http://www.cfisd.net/bond/esc.htm Information on Cy-Fair site]
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