GO Logic completes energy, safety systems assessment for Waterfall Arts

Project funded by $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant
Jan 22, 2013
GO Logic’s architect concept rendering of Waterfall Arts’ renovation and addition with solar array.

Belfast — Waterfall Arts has successfully completed work on a project funded by a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Fast Track Challenge grant awarded in early 2012.

With the funds, Waterfall Arts’ Facilities Committee, through the leadership of Matt O’Malia, one of the partners of the award-winning Belfast architecture firm GO Logic, has made a thorough assessment of the energy, structural and safety systems of the Governor Anderson Elementary School building, which Waterfall Arts has operated since 2006. GO Logic also proposed a renovation and multi-use addition to the building.

The grant, awarded to only 162 organizations nationwide, supported the seven-month long, professionally conducted study, which included a full energy audit, structural systems assessment and analysis of moisture, mold and lead paint conditions in the building.

GO Logic went further proposing both a renovation and multi-use addition incorporating super-insulated walls and windows, air-source heat pumps with air exchangers and a photovoltaic solar array which will bring the 1935-41 building to approach breakthrough Passive House and net-zero energy standards for space heating, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act handicapped access regulations.

In the coming months, Waterfall Arts Board and Staff will be developing a phased project timeline, design details, size of the multi-use performance space and fund-raising strategies for the renovation.

“The National Endowment for the Arts Fast Track grant, and GO Logic’s work, together constitute a solidly-established first step in providing Belfast and the mid-coast area with a highly energy efficient and aesthetically distinctive facility for expanded delivery of arts education, performances, exhibits and artist residencies,” said Alan Crichton, Board President and co-founder of WFA. “Reducing our energy use and costs by nearly 70-percent and producing our own energy on-site will demonstrate that an 80-year-old brick building can be transformed into a cutting-edge aesthetic and technological destination that demonstrates long-term sustainability for both the building and Waterfall Arts. We are very grateful to both the National Endowment and to GO Logic.”

For information on the participating organizations, visit www.waterfallarts.org, www.gologic.us, and www.nea.gov.

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