After many years of planning and fundraising, The Highland Center broke ground on its historic renovation project in March, led by Lantz Construction Company of Broadway, VA with several local subcontractors. Many improvements are already underway.
Demolition is almost complete, including the tear-down of some entrances in poor condition and the crumbling back addition. A new addition will be rebuilt to include classrooms, business incubation space and handicapped accessible toilets. The new building will be fully ADA accessible with rebuilt ramps and a lift between floors.
The auditorium walls are being prepared for new acoustic treatment. The stage area will be relocated and lowered to create an improved performance space. Classrooms on the north side of the building are being converted into a Conference-Retreat space. Asbestos tiles and insulation have been removed throughout the building. Plumbing, HVAC and electrical updates have begun in the lower level, which will feature upgraded classroom space and a modified kitchen. New framing and concrete pouring is also underway.
The transformations taking place are already remarkable. We can’t wait to see the fully restored building in 2017. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and donated to this project. It has truly been a community effort!