San Mateo County Arts Newsletter
june 2005

LOTS OF BUILDING GOING ON

 

City Kicks Off Restoration

 

Redwood City kicks off its “Restoration Celebration,” a yearlong $5 million project that involves rearing down the historic San Mateo County Fiscal Building and restoring the old county courthouse, plus adding a new plaza. 

 

Crews are already clearing out the interior of the fiscal building, which was built in l939.  It will be demolished gradually over the next six weeks, according to Paul Willis, associate engineer for Redwood City.  Once the fiscal building is cleared away, the front of the courthouse will have its 1910 facade rebuilt, including Roman-style columns and a portico.  As the restoration continues, crews will also build a 26,000 square foot plaza that will serve as a venue for a variety of city and county events. 

 

The project is slated for completion in July of 2006.  The work is being performed by two Redwood City firms,  DPR Construction and DES Architects.

 

New Performing Arts Center at Woodside High School

 

Woodside celebrated the opening of its new performing arts center , 199 Churchill Ave. in Woodside by a performance of “Celebration of Theater:  A Musical Revue.”

 

Performed by 50 students, the revue featured songs from several Broadway shows, including  42nd Street, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls.  Students also performed monologues from a variety of plays, including Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Diary of Anne Frank.

 

Menlo Atherton High School Planning Performing Arts Center

 

Potential designs by various architectural firms  for a new Menlo Atherton High School Performing Arts Center, (which will also function as a community theatre for Menlo Park and Atherton) will be presented to the public May 31 and June 2.   The $17million dollar design project  is based on the concept of a 500 seat theatre  in the range of  24,000 to 27,000 square  feet. 

 

The winning design is slated to be chosen by June 4 according to Kent Brown, construction program manager for the Sequoia High School District.  The building will be located at the front of the school near the current multi-use building.


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