Performing Arts Center Renovation Ad Hoc Committee Updates

Photo by Mark Rabinowitch

October Update

By Committee Chair Judith Troutman

The GRF PAC renovation ad hoc committee met last on September 18.

SVA had compiled the information received from the user group workshops back in July and presented the first draft of a design development plan.  These changes will make the building more efficient and functional for all who use it by zeroing in on the changes that would most benefit the community as a whole. One thing everyone agreed upon was that ch3 (pac) would function primarily as a theater and performing arts building. The following is an overview of the upgrades recommended by SVA and the PAC committee.

+ New HVAC throughout the building

+ Structural repair to minor dryrot and termite damaged areas

+ Stage extension, lighting/rigging and safety upgrades

+ ADA upgrades w/ potential elevator

+ New seats and ramp in the theater with naming rights to the seats

+ Dining Room 1 converted to small theater/lecture hall w/99 seats +tech booth

+ Dining Room 2 upgraded to meeting/rehearsal room  w/ catering kitchen

+ Redesign restrooms

+ Northeast rehearsal room will be shared as a green room

+ Make extra space on the second floor a usable space

+ Move box office to the front of the building and repurpose the office area

+ New fireproof curtains in theater

+ Extra prop and seat storage

$1.7m has already been set aside in the 2017 budget for structural/ safety upgrades. Since the building was tested as structurally sound, part of these funds will go toward some of the functional and aesthetic upgrades. In 2018, during the budget process, we will budget for any further funds needed in the 2019 budget. We anticipate a completed final design development plan by the end of 2017

Next GRF M&C meeting November 15 at 1p.m. PAC ad hoc committee meeting tbd.

September Update

Progress continues in GRF’s efforts to provide residents with opportunities to comment on renovations at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) that will benefit the Village as a whole.

Earlier this year, the GRF Board of Directors formed a Performing Arts Center (PAC) Renovation Ad Hoc Committee per bylaws to provide feedback for potential renovations to the Performing Arts Center, formerly called Clubhouse 3. In the spring, Irvine-based SVA Architects assessed the building’s structural integrity, design and safety concerns and condensed the center’s needs into four categories.  Those include Immediate ADA, Fire, Life and Safety; Immediate Building Deficiencies; Augmentation Program (additional amenities); and The User Group Wish/Dream List. 

The first two categories for immediate building upgrades were estimated at roughly $1.4 million. GRF already budgeted $1.7 million, so necessary safety upgrades will begin soon.

In July, SVA and Staff engaged residents by hosting three daylong User Group Workshops that attracted 26 regular user groups. The information and feedback garnered from those workshops will be integrated into a feasible conceptual design plan that will be presented to the Committee by the end of 2017. 

Since this phase of the project will take about a year, the Augmentation (additional amenities) part of the upgrade will be addressed during the 2019 Budget Planning starting in May of 2018.

This allows more time for additional input from residents.

You can provide input and stay informed by attending the Performing Arts Center PAC Ad Hoc committee and/or GRF M&C Committee meetings.  For more information, contact Judith Troutman, GRF M&C Committee and PAC Ad Hoc Chair, at 949-326-8877.


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