Writers’ Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma are pleased to announce the next phase of development of its new Theatre Center: demolition, groundbreaking and construction.
Having raised $25 million of the $31 million base goal for the “On to a New Stage” fundraising campaign (with plans for an additional $3 million cash reserve), Writers’ Theatre has hired general contractor W.E. O’Neil to head the project. Demolition will begin Sept. 2, and the construction is expected to be completed by early 2016. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place in mid-October 2014, with details forthcoming.
The company will continue to raise funds for named gifts through 2014, and anticipates a broad-based public campaign in 2015.
“We are thrilled to welcome W.E. O’Neil as the newest member of our project team, and have great faith in their ability to see us through the construction phase as we create a permanent home for the Theatre,” said Lipuma. “They will be a tremendous asset to the vision that we have created with Studio Gang Architects, and an ideal fit with the expertise provided by the rest of our exceptional team of consultants. With $25 million dollars raised of our $31 million dollar base goal, and with a top notch contractor on board, we’re excited to break ground and begin construction by mid-October.”
“We’re very pleased to be involved in such an innovative project,” said W.E. O’Neil Construction President John Russell. “Our partnership with Writers’ Theatre and Studio Gang is extremely supportive and focused on delivering a world-class building that fosters great performances for years to come.”
The full design team includes:
Studio Gang Architects
dbHMS – MEP/Fire Protection Engineer
Halvorson and Partners – Structural Engineer
SPACECO, Inc. – Civil Engineer
AMS Planning & Research Corporation – Management Counsel
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander – Theatre Consultant
Coen + Partners – Landscape Architect
Lightswitch Architectural Chicago – Lighting Consultant
Premiere Systems – Security/IT Consultant
Thirst – Graphics Designer
Threshold Acoustics – Acoustical Consultant
Venue Consulting – Cost Consultant
W.E. O’Neil – General Contractor
WMA Consulting Engineers – LEED/Sustainability Consultant