Public meeting set to review redo of OSF's brick courtyard

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold its first public meeting to discuss a project to renovate the brick courtyard (the “Bricks”), the area outside the Angus Bowmer and Allen Elizabethan theaters, at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in Carpenter Hall at the corner of Pioneer and Hargadine streets.

The initial meeting will review the project, goals and timelines. The project design team and OSF staff will provide an introduction to the project and attendees will be invited to provide preliminary input, which the team will use to guide the design and development process.

The design team for this project is led by the landscape architecture firm of Walker Macy, joined by THA Architecture, both based in Portland. The team was selected through a competitive bidding process, with submissions from several architectural and landscape architectural firms from across the Pacific Northwest. The Ashland community and OSF audiences have experienced the work of this team in the Thomas Theatre, which was designed by THA with landscapes by Walker Macy.

Walker Macy brings to this project extensive experience with public spaces, including Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. THA has a history of designing numerous performing arts facilities around the country.

 “We’re thrilled about the great team that Walker Macy has assembled to partner with us on this very important project," OSF executive director Cynthia Rider said in a media release. "We’re really looking forward to engaging with our staff, board, patrons and the Ashland community to envision the future of the Bricks.”

The project has received significant funding from Ashland residents Judy Shih and Joel Axelrod.

“The courtyard brings together the three OSF theaters," they noted in a release. "We hope this newly renovated community space will ignite more theatrical festivities like the Green Show, which attracts hundreds, making them even more accessible for all.”

A community-wide fundraising campaign will give more residents and OSF patrons an opportunity to participate in the project.

The tentative date to break ground on the project is early November 2015. More specifics about the timeline will be discussed at the meeting, which will be the first of several public meetings planned for the design and development process.

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