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Old Globe Reveals Expansion Plans for New $75 Million Theater Complex



Progress Report

The Old Globe Theatre unveiled detailed plans for adding a new second stage theater complex, a new education center and a complete redesign of the Globe’s Copley Plaza on June 8. Construction at this historic and cultural landmark in Balboa Park is scheduled to begin in June 2008.

Plans to expand were first outlined in the Globe’s 2004 strategic plan, which called for improved facilities by 2010. The theatre’s $75 million campaign, started last year, designated $20 million to support the facilities project. Already $52 million has been raised.

The planned complex is a four-level facility with 250 seats. Two of the levels are below ground. The new education center, which wraps the theatre on the top level, will provide space for education and outreach programs. Additionally, the new complex will feature three stories for dressing rooms and support space to support all three theaters.

The planned 14,000-square-foot outdoor plaza will provide outdoor space for community functions.

All projects will be constructed in the Elizabethan architectural style of the historic Old Globe campus.

Old Globe Executive Director Lou Spisto said this much-needed update of facilities will help the Globe ensure its long-term vitality.

“The design will be both extroverted by integrating with the existing buildings and enlivening the redesigned plaza with a larger upper-level balcony from the new education center, and introverted by creating an intensely intimate experience in the new performance space,” said Mark Reddington of LMN Architects, the Seattle-based architects selected for the project.

Project plans have already been presented to the mayor, Councilwoman Toni Atkins, city staff, the Balboa Park Committee and other cultural and historic committees. The project is expected to be completed in September 2009.

Project Management Advisors Inc. of Solana Beach will serve as the project manager. Landscape design for Copley Plaza will be completed by David Reed Landscape Architects of San Diego. David Marshall of Heritage Architecture & Planning Inc. of San Diego will serve as the consultant on the project to ensure compliance with the historical requirements of Balboa Park and function as the associate architect under LMN Architects.

The San Diego office of DPR Construction Inc. is providing support for cost estimating and construction planning. San Diego-based Hope Engineering will serve as the structural engineer and RBF Consulting as the civil engineer.

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School Construction Starts:

Last month, Pasadena-based C.W. Driver broke ground on an elementary school for the San Marcos Unified School District. The school is located at the northeast corner of Oleander and Mimosa avenues in Vista.

The school, which has the capacity for 750 kindergarten through fifth grade students, is scheduled to open in August 2008. It is 55,600 square feet and is situated on 14 acres. There will be an administrative area, 28 classrooms, a library, lunch court, multipurpose room and play equipment.

The design team includes Geotechnics Inc., GSSI Structural Engineers, HMC Architects, Johnson Consulting Engineers Inc., Lightfoot Planning Group, Lintvedt McColl & Associates and LSW Mechanical Engineers.

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Building Improvements Completed:

Johnson & Jennings General Contracting has completed tenant improvement construction for the office and research and development facilities of Graphite Design International Inc., San Diego-based makers of graphite driver shafts.

The company recently relocated to the new 15,000-square-foot facility at 9045 Balboa Ave. in Kearny Mesa.

San Diego-based Hurkes Harris Design Associates Inc. provided space planning and design for the $600,000 project.

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Fire Training Facility Under Review:

SCS Engineers, a Long Beach solid waste consulting firm with an office in San Diego, was awarded a contract to assist the Heartland Fire Training Facility Authority with an environmental/historical review of the Heartland Fire Training Facility on North Marshall Avenue in El Cajon.

The historical review and environmental assessment began in March and is scheduled for completion by month-end. The site is currently being used as a fire training facility for five fire agencies in the county.

, Michelle Mowad

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