Music/Wray Theater Renovation

Summary

SCH Number
2020030562
Lead Agency
Rio Hondo Community College District
Document Title
Music/Wray Theater Renovation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/13/2020
Project Applicant
Rio Hondo Community College District

Document Description
This project includes the reconstruction and expansion of the existing two-story, 20,441 assignable square foot (ASF) building that contains unsafe building materials, the ofiglnal fire alarm system, accessibility Issues, and has functional building system deficiencies into a modem 23,569 ASF taciftty that meets the modem instructional needs In the Music and Performing Arts programs.

Contact Information
Arturo Reyes
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone : (562) 692-0921

Location

Cities
Whittier
Counties
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15302
Reasons for Exemption
This project ls exempt pursuant to categorical exemption per CEQA Guidelines §15302 - Class 2, Replacement or Reconstruction, which Identifies exemptions for replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced. This This project consists of the reconstruction of the Music and Wray Theater Building, constructed In 1966, to address structural deficiencies, meet changing program needs, and expand program space by Utilizing spaces current!y housing oversized and outdated mechanical equipment. The proposed modernization of and addition to that existing building Includes the replacement of the original building systems and remove hazardous substances (asbestos and lead in floor tiles, acoustical treatments, and pipe covelings). The modernized 23,569 ASF performing arts facility will consist primarily of laboratory, assembly and meeting space to support modern instructional delivery and learning methodologies. The existing two-story, 20,441 ASF Music and Theater Building has had no major modifications since its original construction In 1966. Building systems are energy inefficient, the mechanical system has passed Its life expectancy, and both the fire alarm system and fire sprinkler system need replacement. The building's electrical systems need to be upgraded as they are unable to accommodate the toads from up-to-date theater and lighting equipment, which further curtails program offerings. Parts of the building such as the stage, dressing rooms, and second floor, are not accessible to disabled students and staff due to various level changes In the building which are only accessible by stairs. Significant roof leaks due to deterioration and this age of the roofing material are causing water damage In class labs and offices. The building lacks hot water for showers In the dressing rooms, and there are no restrooms available to students. To meet the learning needs of a diverse student population, /acuity and staff provide specialized, Individual attention through hands-on experience In a classroom environment, The program offerings include an Associate Degree in Music and Theater, appropriate course offerings to transfer to four-year Institutions, training, skills and experience leading to careers in music and theater-related fields. Providing an updated faculty that is accessible, safe, with new technology, and effectively utilized space to meet today's teaching and learning needs will allow students to participate and achieve. higher levels of success In the performing arts programs. The current facility cannot support advanced classes In acting and crafts, as they require specialized class lab and support spaces, as well as sound and lighting equipment

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020030562_Rio Hondo College - NOE Music Wray Theatre   PDF 203 K

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