The groundbreaking for the Hanson Family Fine Arts Theater took place on Friday at 305 John K. Hanson Drive. The theater is a two story theater encompassing 29,743 feet at a cost of $10 million. The three entities share in the cost of the construction of the building and Waldorf University has agreed to maintain the site.
The construction is slated to begin soon according to Eric Kingland, President of Kingland Construction, principal contractor of the project.
The process is not as simple as putting up walls and laying a foundation. Kingland Construction will have to do the soil corrections first and then move forward. Kingland described what these soil corrections entail.
The rest of the construction will follow as crews attempt to enclose the facility before the onset of winter
The completion date is slated for the fall of 2018.
It can host weddings, special occasions, theatrical performances, art displays, regional and national touring groups, speaker engagements, and of the course the Waldorf University Artist Series.
Parking is divided between the site and spillover into the Hanson Fieldhouse next door. Expansion is also possible for the facility, but those would be long term goals if the need would arise.
The ground breaking was attended by dignitaries such as Forest City Schools Superintendent Darwin Lehmann, Waldorf University President Dr. Bob Alsop, members of the Hanson family, BrickStreet Theater representatives, and students of Forest City Schools.