Washington Center Exterior Repairs
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On March 19, 2013, the Olympia City Council approved the award of a construction contract to build the Preferred Design (see below) as recommended by staff and the Design Advisory Committee (DAC).
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts was built in 1985. It is owned by the City of Olympia, and is operated by the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, a private, not-for-profit organization.
The building is covered with the original 1985 EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finishing System), a synthetic, stucco-type material. In May 2008, the City discovered that water was leaking into the building, compromising the integrity of the structure. It also revealed the alley wall was separating from the building, posing a serious safety risk. (View photos of the damage) At that time, an emergency repair was made to the alley wall to secure it; however, this was a short-term solution.More about the Washington Center
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts provides a venue for over 45 local performing groups and is a stage for national productions. It attracts over 110,000 visitors every year. The Washington Center opened on the site of the former Olympic Theater movie house, which was previously the Liberty Theater, a 1924 vaudeville house. The Olympic was taken down to just a few exterior walls in the early 1980’s and was rebuilt as the Washington Center.
To learn more visit washingtoncenter.org
In June 2012, City Council approved the Design Advisory Committee’s preferred design recommendation, contingent on receiving grant funding from the Department of Commerce (DOC) Building for the Arts Program. Later that same year, the DOC approved the $816,000 request and submitted it to the Governor’s Office to be considered as part of the Capital Budget. The City will receive the grant if it is approved by the Legislature.About the Design Advisory Committee
In December 2011, a Design Advisory Committee (DAC) was formed to solicit feedback from the community, provide design recommendations to the architect, and present a final recommendation to the City Council.
Kevin Boyer | Washington Center Interim Executive Director
Alex Bunn, George LeMasurier, Greg Cuoio | Washington Center Board of Directors
David Goularte | Olympia Downtown Association
Mark Rentfrow | Heritage Commission
Debbie Sullivan, Stephanie Johnson | City of Olympia
Preferred Design | $4,600,000
The DAC preferred design replaces the siding, insulation, and leaking windows. The front of the building will use brick veneer and stone for siding material. The three remaining sides will be covered with metal panels. It also replaces the roof and three air handler units. The project also includes exterior upgrades to create a 'new look' for the aged building.Exterior Upgrades
- An enhanced canopy
- Glass doors
- A new ticket window
- A permanent blade (marquee) sign
- Poster display windows
- Custom windows above canopy
- Banner supports
- Loading area canopy for weather protection
Rick Dougherty, Project Manager, 360.753.8485, email@example.com.