Podolsky|Circle Completes Evanston Art Center Renovation

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Podolsky|Circle Led Team Completes Comprehensive Project for May 16 Benefit

The completion of the new Evanston Art Center’s renovation at 1717 Central Street in Evanston was heralded at the Center’s Spring Benefit on Saturday, May 16th. A team led by Podolsky|Circle CORFAC International completed the comprehensive renovation on schedule and on budget for the May 16th festivities.

Principals Randy D. Podolsky and Adam J. Tarantur, CCIM, headed the advisory team for the strategic relocation project, assisting in the acquisition of the facility for the 501(c )(3) non-profit organization. Podolsky|Circle served as Owners Representative and, in conjunction with Lebar Construction Management, also acted as Construction Manager. The Dobbins Group was the design-build contractor.

Evanston Art Center’s new facility, totaling approximately 20,000 square feet, formerly served as an office building and was ideally suited, based on location and functionality, for Evanston Art Center’s new home. The Center will relocate from facilities at 2603 Sheridan Road, their home since 1966, before the end of May, with summer classes commencing at the new facility on June 15th.

“1717 Central Street is a place where creativity meets community,” said Podolsky.

Paula Danoff, the Center’s Executive Director, expounded, “The new facility is innovative in its design and multi-disciplinary offerings, which include programming and educational activities in the areas of culinary arts, design, digital fabrication, music and a broad array of visual arts in addition to expanded gallery spaces. Special amenities, such as a coffee shop called the ‘Art Bar,’ are also part of the exciting new space.”

Evanston Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor to individuals from over 80 zip codes through studio art classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, public lectures and free youth outreach activities, all of which are designed to engage and enrich the individual and the community. Founded in 1929 by civic and cultural leader Alice C. Riley, Evanston Art Center has remained a vital part of the Evanston community for over eight decades.

A public ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the official opening will be held in June after classes commence. Students can enroll online at www.evanstonartcenter.org.