An existing, approximately 17,000 SF metal foundry, which was previously used as office space (and the NY headquarters of the Bernie Sanders campaign), is being renovated to be used as theatrical rehearsal space. One half of the existing ground floor in the double A-frame building will be removed to create a 25’-0” high double height space, to be used as either two separate, or one combined studio. Two additional smaller studios upstairs, and a central gathering space around open bleachers, administrative area and breakout rooms complete the program. The buildings existing heavy timber classification is being upheld and a new CLT floor structure with glulam columns and girders will replace existing joists and subfloor. All existing windows, skylights and clerestory are being replaced or restored, and two new skylights added to maximize natural light in all spaces. Insulation is added to the exterior at both walls and roof to expose existing brick walls, heavy timber trusses and roof joists.
The project began construction in January 2019 and is expected to open January 2020.