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A Renovation Update
Here are some images from the process:
The barriers are up and we are ready for work!
Interior walls are down and wood chip insulation and ceiling are gone. One of the new roof support beams
In June 2013 work began on the parapet.
Here are some before and after pictures:
Old skylight and frame for new skylight
Missing block at front of building and the replacement block
Missing bricks at back of building and after repair with bricks salvaged from roof repair
Summary of activities to July 1, 2013
The Board and volunteers were busy with programming and fundraising initiatives while they anxiously awaited word on a major grant application that would become the foundation for significant capital improvements to the building.
When notification was received that the application had been approved, the Board looked for an architectural firm that would be willing to take on the yet-to-be defined project on short notice. With a supporting word from City officials, the firm of P3A agreed to assume the role of project managers.
Discussions were held with Lyric patrons and community stakeholders to imagine future uses for the building. P3A brought a heritage building conservation specialist and other professionals to the table. A course of action was determined.
The first step was to do a structural assessment of the building. To facilitate this, it was determined that partitions in the upper floor and the wood chip insulation in the ceiling should be removed. That resulted in a subsequent finding that there was a need to reinforce some of the load bearing components of the existing, original roof. Of particular concern was the framing that supported the sky lights, which were regarded as unique, character-defining features of the building.
Since the wood chips needed to be removed due to fire regulations, there was now no insulation value in the ceiling of the upper floor. Leaks within the roof membrane were still evident and it was recommended that these be overcome by installing a new membrane which would include an insulation component. It was quickly accepted that it would be foolish to make improvements within the building if the physical envelope was not sound.
While waiting for the engineers to determine specifications and draft blueprints for roof repairs, a core group continued to meet with P3A staff to discuss options for use of the building on all three levels. Programming continued at the Lyric despite the unforeseen delays.
Frontier Builders, the contractor hired for the building upgrades, was busy from February through April installing specially designed support beams for the roof. When that work is completed, a new roof membrane will be installed, including new, improved skylights (manufactured locally) to replace the originals.
The tent-like, metal vents on the roof were considered a heritage feature. However, since they are not easily seen from street level, would no longer be functional, and keeping them would risk continuing roof leaks, it has been decided to remove them.
Securing loose masonry along the parapet walls and installing protective flashing over the parapet will ensure a sound roof membrane. Gracom Masonary began work on the parapet in June.
The funds that will be available after this first capital improvement phase is completed have been defined. The Board is in the process of making
decisions on what additional, priority work should be undertaken. These may include:
- Removal of the entrance canopy
- Limited restoration work on the building façade, including work defined within the Heritage Foundation grant
- Installation of signage on the front and appropriate lighting for the entrance
- Recommended improvements to the mechanical systems, including air conditioning
- Expand the sprinkler system to one or both of the upper and lower floors
- Construct stairs at the back of the building to connect the three floors
- Construct new stairs at the front of the building to join the main and upper floors
- Re-allocate spaces on the main floor, including the lobby, washrooms, office, green room, food service and storage
Further fundraising initiatives will have to be undertaken as new phases of the vision for the Lyric are realized. It will take the hard work of individuals and the larger community on many levels. We hope you are committed to the adventures and rewards ahead!