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Attn: Expansion Project
135 N. 2nd Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
“90 years….and more to come”
Phase One – Priority Patron Amenities and Air-conditioning
Size: approx. 4,200 sq ft (2 stories with basement)
28 ft addition to the south in Palmer Ct. (85 ft long starting from west end)
Estimated Construction Cost: $5.5 million
Completion Date: Spring 2020
Description: Increase size of public restrooms on first and second floor to meet current recommended standards. Increase the size of the concession stand to maximize serving stations and add in-house liquor license. Add concession stand on second floor for balcony. Provide ADA accessibility in restrooms and at concession stand. New historically appropriate carpet throughout theatre.
- Acquire liquor license that would increase programming opportunities and generate additional revenue. Currently estimated at $100,000 in additional gross revenue each year.
- Ability to accommodate larger audiences on a regular basis, more comfortably and efficiently.
- More environmentally friendly theatre with lighting and water upgrades.
- Offer year round programming with the addition of air-conditioning.
- Become a sought after summer wedding venue with the addition of air-conditioning.
- Ability to maintain historic facility with temperature control in regards to heat and humidity resulting in improved preservation and lower maintenance costs.
- Provides inclusivity through ADA improvements at concessions and all restrooms.
- Builds upon existing competitive advantages compared to other performance venues in the region.
|Main Floor – Women’s||3 Stalls / 2 Sinks||14 Stalls / 8 Sinks|
|Main Floor – Men’s||3 Stalls / 2 Sinks / 3 Urinals||4 Stalls / 5 Sinks / 10 Urinals|
|Mezzanine – Women’s||2 Stalls / 2 Sinks||6 Stalls / 4 Sinks|
|Mezzanine – Men’s||1 Stall / 1 Sink / 1 Urinal||
3 Stalls / 3 Sinks / 5 Urinals
|Main Floor – Concessions||2 Stations||4 Stations|
|Mezzanine – Concessions||0 Stations||2 Stations|
Project Architect: Lisa Sharp – Sharp Architects, Inc.
Project Construction Manager: Steve Irving – Irving Construction Co., Inc.
Mechanical/Plumbing/Electrical Engineer: RTM Associates
Structural Engineer: Hutter Trankina Engineering
Acoustical Engineer: Soundscape Engineering
Civil Engineer: C.E.S. Inc.
Food & Beverage Consultant: Clevenger Associates
Interior Designer: Elevated Edge Interiors
Timeline of Events
December 18, 2018 – DeKalb City Council approves $2.5 million in TIF funding towards project
December 19, 2018 – Egyptian Theatre Board of Directors approves contracts with Sharp Architects and Irving Construction.
January 7, 2019 – Engineering and preliminary design work begins
February 20, 2019 – City of DeKalb Planning & Zoning Commission approval
March 11, 2019 – DeKalb City Council approve property conveyance to Egyptian Theatre for expansion
May 1, 2019 – Groundbreaking ceremony (90 years to the day after construction started on the existing building)
July 1, 2019 – Removal of existing heating system, fans and ductwork begins.
July 15, 2019 – Digging begins and concrete is poured for first new footing.
August 12, 2019 – Shoring installation begins for addition.
August 30, 2019 – Concrete pouring begins for foundation wall footings.
September 25, 2019 – New auditorium air handlers are craned into the addition basement.
September 27, 2019 – First floor precast panels installed.
October 10, 2019 – Second floor precast panels installed.
November 5, 2019 – Roof of addition completed.
Financial Support Provided By:
City of DeKalb
Ron & Nancy Proesel
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism
Steve & TJ Irving
Dan & Kathy Schewe
DeKalb County Community Foundation
Doug and Lynn Roberts
Richard and Sharon Jenkins
Norm and Barb Larson
Steve and Lynn Parker
Brad and Linda Pietens
Robert and Robin Conrad
Jerry and Sue Bemis
Michael & Elaine Bennett
James and Karen Buck
Bill and Jennie Cummings
Dan and Mary Curran
The Hanold Family
Carl and Margie Hargrave
Wade and Jeanine Holcomb
Chris and Kathy Hubbard
David and Nancy Leifheit
Brenda Metzger and Mark Maliszewski
Dick and Ellie McLaughlin
W. William and Carole W. Minor
Kevin and Nan Nerad
Walter and Janice Owens
James and Lorreta Pugh
Kay and Mark Riley
Beth Schewe and Shane Sharp
Arlyn Van Dyke
Toney and Donna Xidis
Jeff & Linda Bennett
Ben and Val Bingle
Eric and Jenny Johnson
William C. Johnson
Tim and Janet Neubert
Tim and Bev O’Shaughnessy
Dan and Virginia Seymour
Jim and Sharon Rhoades
The Schultz Family
Max and Kelli Sinclair
Paula L Von Ende
Sharon and Mike Wadle
Jerry and Linda Wahlstrom