Archive for the ‘Restoration/Adaptive Re-Use’ Category

City Officials, Citizens Costly Discuss Robinson Grand Renovations

By Jim Davis, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram, November 24, 2015

 

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Staff Photo by Jim Davis

 

CLARKSBURG — A planned restoration of the former Robinson Grand Theater would cost taxpayers about $365,400 a year, citizens learned Tuesday evening.  The city of Clarksburg is applying for a $7.5 million loan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials with the city and federal agency said during a public hearing at Clarksburg City Hall.  If approved, the loan is to be repaid over 35 years at 3.25 percent interest, the officials said.  “The application for funding was submitted to the USDA,” City Manager Martin Howe told a standing-room-only crowd.  The hearing was held as part of the loan application process with the Department of Agriculture, Howe said.  The Clarksburg Municipal Building Commission is applying for the loan because Clarksburg City Council can’t assume long-term debt.  But the building commission doesn’t have any money, meaning the city has to back all loans.  “The building commission will have to consider the loan once the USDA approves it, as well as the city council to appropriate the funds to pay the debt service for the building,” Howe said.

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Public Hearing Set Tuesday on Robinson Grand Project

By Jim Davis, Staff Writer, Exponent Telegram, November 23, 2015

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Staff photo by Jim Davis, The Exponent Telegram

 

CLARKSBURG — Clarksburg officials will have a public hearing Tuesday on the planned restoration of the Robinson Grand Theater.  The 5:30 p.m. public hearing will give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the city’s plans to put the downtown landmark back into use.  “This will afford another opportunity in which an overview of the project will be provided,” City Manager Martin Howe said. “We’ve had multiple conversations in the past, most recently at a work session.“There will be future discussions as the project progresses,” Howe added.  The hearing — which will be on the second floor of the Clarksburg Municipal Building — is part of the city’s loan-application process with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Expanded Basement in Robinson Grand doable, officials say

By Jim Davis, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram, August 29, 2015

Staff Photo by Jim Davis

Staff Photo by Jim Davis

CLARKSBURG — A geotechnical report supports the construction of dressing rooms in the basement of the former Robinson Grand Theater, city and project officials said Friday.  While recent core drillings found the water table to be high, engineers will design a gravity-fed drainage system to divert water from the proposed basement, said James Swiger, president of WYK Associates.

The soil, meanwhile, is sandy, so the design team will come up with the appropriate foundation, Swiger said.  “We’ve got the information we need to design the new dressing rooms for the basement,” Swiger said.

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Core Drillings Underway Inside Robinson Grand

By Jim Davis, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram, July 15, 2015

CLARKSBURG- Geotechnical engineers began exploring the makeup of the soil beneath the auditorium of the former Robinson Grand Theatre.

CLARKSBURG — Geotechnical engineers began exploring the makeup of the soil beneath the auditorium of the former Robinson Grand Theater Monday. Engineers with Larson Design Group of Morgantown and core drillers with Test Boring Services of Washington, Pennsylvania, are expected to complete the interior core borings Tuesday.

“The purpose of the borings is to see if we could potentially put a basement under the theater,” said Orin Kincade, project manager for WYK Associates. A basement would allow for the expansion of dressing rooms currently beneath the stage and accommodate an orchestral pit and restrooms for people with disabilities, Kincade said.

Workers are drilling at six locations inside the West Pike Street landmark. Plans for a basement look promising, based on the first boring, said L. Jane Hicks, with Larson Design Group. A 10-foot dig would be necessary for a basement, and drillers went 15 feet before hitting weathered, or soft, rock, Hicks said. “Based on the first boring, it looks good for what they want to do,” she said. “The material we sampled would be easy for them to excavate.” But Hicks stressed there were five more core drillings to do.

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Historic Restoration Underway – Contract Signed

City Manager Martin Howe and WYK Associates, Inc.’s President and Principal-in-Charge James Swiger sign the contract for the restoration of the former Robinson Grand Theatre under the watchful eye of Mayor Catherine Goings.

City Manager Martin Howe and WYK Associates, Inc.’s President and Principal-in-Charge James Swiger sign the contract for the restoration of the former Robinson Grand Theatre under the watchful eye of Mayor C. Goings.

A memorable day at Clarksburg City Hall, as City Manager Martin Howe and WYK Associates, Inc.’s President and Principal-in-Charge James Swiger sign the contract for the restoration of the former Robinson Grand Theatre under the watchful eye of Mayor Catherine Goings. The restoration project will be a keystone to the urban renewal of Clarksburg’s downtown district.

Over the course of approximately the next 16 months, the local architectural planning firm will lead a team of consultants to update the building with state-of-the-art technology, while keeping the historic integrity intact. Together, they will distill the vision of the future center for arts and entertainment in the region into an visual experience, a tangible model and finally into a building plan that – once executed – will convert the century-old landmark into the cultural heart of Harrison County and the entire region. (more…)

The City of Clarksburg presents: Robinson Grand Theater Act 1, Scene 5

A few of the Grand Robinson development team members talking about their their background, their passion and their excitement to be on board of the restoration project.

 

The City of Clarksburg presents: Robinson Grand Theater Act 1, Scene 4

Paul Siemborski and Christopher Loeser of Westlake Reed Leskosky talk about their meeting with local creative leaders, discussing the future use of the Robinson Grand Theater.

Local cultural leaders brainstorm future uses for Robinson Grand

Jill Rafter, left, director of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library, explains how library events would benefit from a renovated Robinson Grand Theater. Clockwise, from left: Rafter, Richard Herndon, Jason Young, Phil Wyatt, Anthony Bellotte, Tyler Terango, Phyllis Moore and Paul Siemborsky with consultant Westlake Reed Leskosky. Staff photo by Jim Davis

Jill Rafter, left, director of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library, explains how library events would benefit from a renovated Robinson Grand Theater. Clockwise, from left: Rafter, Richard Herndon, Jason Young, Phil Wyatt, Anthony Bellotte, Tyler Terango, Phyllis Moore and Paul Siemborsky with consultant Westlake Reed Leskosky. Staff photo by Jim Davis

The Exponent Telegram · Wednesday, June 25 2014 by Jim Davis, Staff Writer

CLARKSBURG — A concert venue. A place for the performing arts. A gathering spot for authors.

Those were among the uses that members of area cultural organizations suggested Tuesday for a renovated Robinson Grand Theater. “I want to see this as a multipurpose facility,” said Phil Wyatt, with the Clarksburg-Harrison Cultural Foundation.

Two meetings in the theater’s auditorium were organized by Clarksburg officials and WYK Associates. The city recently bought the West Pike Street theater and hired WYK Associates to design the renovations to the facility. Paul Siemborski, with Westlake Reed Leskosky, moderated the meetings. The Cleveland firm, which specializes in theater planning, is a consultant for WYK Associates. Representatives of the cultural organizations discussed how they would use a remodeled Robinson Grand and proposed design modifications to suit their needs. (more…)

The City of Clarksburg presents: Robinson Grand Theater Act 1, Scene 3

The City of Clarksburg presents: Robinson Grand Theater Act 1, Scene3 – James Lowry of ZDS Design/Consulting Services and James Swiger with Kenny Levick of WYK Associates, Inc. on the three-dimensional scanning process this week at the theater. History meets the future!

Former Robinson Grand goes 3-D — sort of

Former Robinson Grand goes 3-D — sort of

ZDS Design/Consulting Services and WYK Associates, Inc. process the theater digitally

WYK Associates President James Swiger, left, and James Lowry, with ZDS Design/Consulting Services, finish taking a 3-D scan of the auditorium at the former Robinson Grand Theater. Staff photo by Jim Davis

As published in The Exponent Telegram June 5June 17th, 2014 by Jim Davis, Staff Writer

CLARKSBURG — ZDS Design/Consulting Services has been making 3-D images of the former theater this week. ZDS is a consultant for WYK Associates Inc., the local firm hired by the city to draw up proposed renovations to the Clarksburg landmark.

“Basically, we’re documenting the existing building with a 3-D scanner,” said James Swiger, president of WYK Associates. “It would be hard and very time-consuming to do this by hand. “It’s a very complex building, because it has many different levels, sloping floors, sloping ceilings and curved walls,” Swiger added. The architectural firm has drawings of the West Pike Street building, Swiger said. But some of the construction doesn’t match the drawings, either because the structure wasn’t built strictly according to plans or because it was modified over the years, he added. (more…)