Modernize Theater Building


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Peralta Community College District
Document Title
Modernize Theater Building
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Peralta Community College District

Document Description
The Laney College Theater Building Modernization Project ("Project") at the Peralta Community College District's ("PCCD") existing Laney College campus involves renovations to the existing building, including increased seating capacity in the existing theater, new theater and rehearsal support spaces, and increased accessibility, in order to replace outdated equipment, increase efficiency, update the facility in conformance with modern instructional methodologies, and improve accessibility in accordance with ADA requirements. Specifically, basic theater upgrades include refinishing the stage floor, providing a new theater dimming system, upgrading the AV system, servicing and adding to the rigging system for stage draperies and lighting, replacing the existing orchestra pit cover with a platform system, creating new tormentor positions for lighting and sound equipment, adding a lighting bridge over the front orchestra, upgrading acoustics in the auditorium, installing a new sound door at the stage elevator opening, improving the dressing rooms, adding a backstage crossover behind the building and replacing the shop door with a sliding door. The Project will include revising orchestra seating, increasing row widths, adding accessible orchestra and balcony seating, and increasing the total seat count. The Project also will include relocating mechanical fans, providing new stairs and wheelchair lifts, creating new rehearsal room and performance space in the former mechanical room, constructing a lobby extension, and adding new accessible toilets. Revisions to the Theater Building's third and fourth floor will include providing storage and rehearsal space to support the performing and media arts programs. The Project will include related utilities work and site work, and other ancillary improvements.

Contact Information
Atheria Smith
Peralta Community College District
333 East 8th Street
Oakland, CA 94606

Phone : (510) 587-7864


Cross Streets
Laney College, 900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1: Sec. 15301; Class 2: Sec. 15302; Class 3: Sec. 15303; Class 11: Section 15311; and Class 14: Section 15314.
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1: Operation, repair, maintenance or minor alterations to existing public facilities, topographical features, and utilities involving no or negligible expansion of use. Class 2: Replacement of existing facilities and/or utility systems involving the substantially same purpose and no or negligible expansion of capacity. Class 3: Small new facilities, reasonable utility extensions, and accessory improvements. Class 11: Construction, placement of minor structures, accessory to existing facilities. Class 14: Minor additions to facilities within existing grounds.


Notice of Exemption
2020020163 Modernize Theater Building   PDF 1488 K

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