SPAC facade replacement rendering

A facelift for SPAC

SPAC facade replacement rendering

And, theoretically, better sound, too.

Instead of telling everyone it's going on "vacation" and coming back with a new face, SPAC has decided to be upfront about the fact it's getting work done.

The performance venue announced it's in the process of replacing the facade on its amphitheater. The old facade was looking worse for wear -- "significant warping, fading, wood rot and disintegration," in the words of the press release. Also: "The poor condition of the façade has compromised the amphitheatre's aesthetics and created safety concerns surrounding the integrity of the aging materials." Heads up.

There's a rendering above of what the new facade will look like (large-format).

Not all the changes are cosmetic, though. Again, from the press release:

The project will also include replacement and repositioning of the speakers currently mounted on the façade that project sound to the lawn. Upgraded speakers will be integrated within the shield façade and positioned at a higher level to provide better audio coverage and quality on the lawn. The current speakers sit too low in the enclosure for the acreage that needs to be reached, resulting in audio gaps in some areas of the lawn.

The project is expected to be finished by early spring. The cost is being covered by a gift from the Susan and Bill Dake (whose family you might know as the Stewart's people).

SPAC has been trying to replace the facade since at least 2008. The design floated back then -- which included panels carved to looks like waves stretching horizontally across the facade -- was criticized for looking like a stack of pancakes. [TU 2008] [Saratogian 2008]

The new design appears to steer clear of breakfast.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Historic Amphitheatre to Undergo Façade Renovation
Project Slated for Completion in Time for 2012 Season
Saratoga Springs, NY - The fifty-year old, deteriorating façade on Saratoga Performing Arts Center's historic amphitheatre will be gone by the time the curtain rises on SPAC's 2012 Season. A project to renovate SPAC's façade is getting underway, with completion projected for May.
In recent years, the deterioration of the amphitheatre's exterior has become visibly pronounced. The current board and batten siding has endured five decades of upstate weather conditions and as a result, has significant warping, fading, wood rot and disintegration. The poor condition of the façade has compromised the amphitheatre's aesthetics and created safety concerns surrounding the integrity of the aging materials.
The new façade will be a more contemporary version of the existing shield design with a new faceted aspect to add depth and interest. Warm, wood veneer panels of "Parklex," a high-density, weather-resistant material, will be fastened to the exterior of each shield frame. Project planning and design has been sensitive to preserving the exceptional acoustics of the amphitheatre.
Existing surfaces on the amphitheatre side and roof dormers will be replaced with a brown, durable, weather resistant fiber cement board.
The project will also include replacement and repositioning of the speakers currently mounted on the façade that project sound to the lawn. Upgraded speakers will be integrated within the shield façade and positioned at a higher level to provide better audio coverage and quality on the lawn. The current speakers sit too low in the enclosure for the acreage that needs to be reached, resulting in audio gaps in some areas of the lawn.
"An iconic, world-class home for the performing arts should have an outward appearance that projects that image; by the time our 2012 Season opens, we'll have one. Our new amphitheatre façade will feature a unique, three-dimensional update of the existing shield design that has become our amphitheatre's trademark," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. "This fresh façade will underscore SPAC's advance into a new era."
The approximate project timeline:
Feb-March:
- removal of the wooden shields on the amphitheatre façade and board & batten on the sides;
- pre-fabrication of three-dimensional steel frame followed by attachment of Parklex siding;
Early spring:
- installation of three-dimensional shields on façade and cement board on sides and dormers;
- integration of upgraded speakers into the façade structure.
After a competitive bidding process, Bonacio Construction was selected as the contractor for the project. The renovation is expected to begin immediately and projected to be complete by the end of May 2012.
The project is a gift from Susan and Bill Dake. The Dakes noted that their gift was motivated by a recognition of "SPAC's cultural and economic impact on the greater Capital Region."
The State of New York has invested over $4.5 million in SPAC facilities since 2005. Major renovations included the installation of a new amphitheatre roof, repair of the pedestrian bridge and sewage system upgrades. In 2007, the interior of SPAC's amphitheatre was revamped with all new, larger padded seating, repainting of the acoustical sound panels and other interior sections and repair and upgrading of drainage systems and walkways. Recent projects include restroom renovations and improvements.
"SPAC is an outstanding partner for programming in Saratoga Spa State Park, where we welcome over 1.7 million visitors each year. We are thrilled to support this new façade project, a terrific example of leveraging state funding with private investments to sustain a magnificent facility. We thank the Dake family for their outstanding generosity," said Rose Harvey, New York State Parks Commissioner.
"I am inspired by the extraordinary generosity of this latest gift from the Dake family to Saratoga Performing Arts Center. From the very beginning to the present day, the Dakes have been SPAC's strongest allies, investing vision, leadership and resources to advance this treasured landmark," said White. "With this project, Bill and Susan have provided an example of civic leadership that is reminiscent of the dedication of SPAC's founders. As we look ahead to our landmark 50th Anniversary, it is inspiring to see that visionary spirit still making a difference here at SPAC," said White.
Regularly updated photos and videos of the amphitheatre renovation will be posted on SPAC's website, spac.org to enable the public to chart the progress of the project throughout the construction phase.
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rendering via SPAC

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But wait...aren't the Dakes part of that "Evil 1%?". Quick, let's raise their taxes and give that money to the Government. They are so efficient and manage money sooooo well.

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