Albany Carousel progress

Progress Continues on the Historic Albany Carousel

With sights set on an end of July opening, progress of the construction of the Historic Albany Carousel continues seamlessly in downtown Albany. Most recently, the Dentzel Carousel pole, a  restored 1909 mechanism donated by the Dentzel family, was moved into its new final home, the center of the structure, on Saturday, May 13.

To stay in-the-know about how this project progresses as we approach the much-anticipated grand opening date, visit the Historic Albany Carousel’s Facebook page and browse step-by-step photos, learn about Carousel events, and be the first to find out when the Grand Opening date will be announced! Visitors are welcome to the studios and museum.

About the Historic Albany Carousel:

Founded in 2004, the Historic Carousel and Museum is creating a world class carousel complex in downtown Albany that will draw visitors from around the world and contribute to the economic revitalization of historic downtown Albany. Our mission is to construct a fully functional carousel which will hold 52 hand-carved and painted animals. The carousel will provide wholesome family fun for all ages.

Photo courtesy: Dee Brausch & the Historic Albany Carousel

 

Albany Carousel Ground Breaking

Carousel Holds Groundbreaking

Published by the Albany Democrat Herald Written by Kyle Odegard for the Albany Democrat Herald

Mayor Sharon Konopa said she’d never seen so many people at a ceremonial groundbreaking, but the turnout was understandable.

After all, the Historic Carousel & Museum is seen by many officials and other residents as a project that will rejuvenate downtown, draw thousands of visitors and boost business in the area.

Albany Carousel Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking for the carousel’s new $5.6 million building at 503 First Ave. W. was held on Tuesday morning, and about 150 people were in attendance.

“This is one more step in this wonderful journey. … So many people jumped on the bandwagon with us,” said Wendy Kirbey, who came up with the idea of the local carousel to draw visitors after seeing Missoula, Montana’s carousel in 2002.

Konopa said the project shows that Albany is a caring, supportive community.

“This is exciting for Albany. I am so grateful for all the dedicated volunteers who are making this dream come alive,” she said.

Dr. Gary Goby, a volunteer who is helping the museum board oversee construction, said that more than 180,000 volunteer hours have been given to the project.

The carousel board hopes the new 22,000-square-foot building is completed by June 1, 2017. The centerpiece of the building will be a 60-foot dodecagon structure with 12 sides.

The first floor will be 14,000 square feet and the 8,000-square-foot basement will include a workshop, storage area and volunteer break room.

And, of course, the carousel will have 50 hand-carved horses, other animals and mythical creatures to ride, as well as two chariots.

Goby said that, overall, the structure will dwarf Salem’s nearby 12,000-square-foot carousel. The space also will be available to rent for weddings, fundraisers and other events.

The carousel attracted 2,000 to 2,500 visitors a month to see wood-carving and check out progress on the project before its building was demolished.

“I can’t see it doing anything but growing from there,” said Jimmie Lucht, executive director of the Albany Visitors Association, in an interview after the event.

Konopa also told the crowd there was plenty of skepticism when Kirbey first presented her grand plans to the Albany City Council.

“We just thought, ‘What is she talking about?’” she said.

“There were bumps along the way, and some people didn’t think the carousel project would ever get finished,” Konopa added.

The city has contributed about $750,000 in urban renewal funding for the project, which helped the carousel board buy the 1942 building and property on First Avenue.

The old structure was demolished earlier this month, and a backhoe and rubble from the old building remained on the construction site on Tuesday.

Goby said that three semi-truck loads of timber from the former building, including large beams, will be repurposed into the new structure.

Until the new building’s completion, the carousel animals are on display at various locations around downtown, including at Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin St. S.W., where woodcarving and other work on the animals also is continuing.

Albany resident Alicia Bublitz brought her two children to the groundbreaking, and said that she and her family sometimes visited the carousel twice a week. “We take all the relatives who come visit. It’s a really exiting part of living downtown,” she said.

Her five-year-old son Ronan Rau was excited, as well. “Yeah. Fun,” he exclaimed. His favorite carousel animal? “I like the elephant,” he said.

“I’m so glad it’s going to be done when they’re old enough to have birthday parties there,” Bublitz said.

Carousel volunteer and board member Mary Morgan remembered when Albany was known for the Timber Carnival. She thinks the carousel could become what people think of when they think of Albany.

“That’s what we hope and dream,” she said.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

Courthouse Square

Courthouse Square Remediation

Downtown Salem’s Courthouse Square, which opened in 2000, closed in 2010 due to under-designed and compromised structural systems. The Courthouse Square complex is the main hub for the Cherriots public transit system featuring a four lane bus mall, and home to Salem Area Mass Transit, Hatfield Plaza, and several Marion County government offices. The complex also houses retail and office space.

Repair and restoration of the 5 story 163,000 square foot complex at 555 Court Street began in September of 2012. Since then Carlson Veit Architects has been working diligently with general contractor Structural Preservation Systems, LLC; Dalke Construction; WDP Consulting Engineers, BMGP Engineers; and Environmental and Engineering Services (EESI) on repairing and strengthening the underground parking garage and building structural systems. Structural repairs include seismic upgrades, column strengthening and enlargement, and concrete slab reinforcement in both the building and bus mall.  The enlarged structural columns will be wrapped and strengthened, and structural concrete floor slabs strengthened with Fiber Reinforced Polymer.

Aesthetic upgrades are also being made inside and out including new bonded concrete overlay on the bus mall floor, and window replacement on the exterior. The interior of the building will receive a facelift with new paint, carpet, wallcoverings, and ceilings. The estimated date of completion is May, 2014.

Courthouse Square

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