Upgrading Our Heating & Cooling System - It's Worn Out & NOISY
Our HVAC system is now on life support with on-going fixes and repairs ($3,000 in 2020) needed to keep it running. The rooftop unit currently resides directly over the audience area creating distracting noises when the system runs; we're targeting a new location for the replacement unit to eliminate this problem. Relocation also opens other possibilities for improvement of our 1939-vintage theater building, such as installing a catwalk to provide a safer work environment for our volunteers who currently use tall ladders to reach rafter-level sound and lighting equipment. Ambience is such a critical part of enjoying the performing arts, in addition to pleasant temperatures during those performances.
Estimated cost of a new HVAC system is $106,500 -- but the project must begin with a detailed engineering study to determine the feasibility and logistics of relocating the HVAC unit and subsequent sound attenuation capabilities. Our fundraising is targeted to cover the cost of an engineering study (estimated $5,000) and documentation that will be submitted to the Building & Zoning Department for approval before the project can begin.