WEATHER UPDATE: Today’s rain will NOT prevent the Barns of Rose Hill ground-breaking ceremony. In the event of continued rain this morning the ground-breaking ceremony will be held in the Clarke County Government Center’s main conference room, second floor – CDN
On Saturday, July 10 at 10:30 AM, the Barns of Rose Hill will celebrate the beginning of construction on the restoration project that will create a 7,500 square foot community, arts and education center in Berryville. The ceremony will take place in the amphitheater space in front of the barns at 101 Chalmers Court off E. Main Street.
The public is invited to attend the event.
Hundreds of individuals, companies and grant-making organizations have contributed to the campaign to restore the barns for a life of public service. In addition to its intended use as a performing and visual arts venue and a community event resource, the Barns Center will house the Berryville-Clarke County Visitor Center.
The groundbreaking marks the capital campaign’s success in raising more than $1.4 million over 5 ½ years toward a $1.6 million goal.
The public bid process for the construction contract resulted in a $1,259,553 million contract with H&W Construction Company of Frederick County. William Aiken, CEO of H&W, commented, “We’re pleased to have won the contract on this exciting project and we’re looking forward to getting work underway.”
Diana Kincannon, president of The Barns of Rose Hill, noted that fundraising will continue in order to ensure a $100,000 contingency fund and to acquire the needed finishings and furnishings for the facility which include a film screen, stage, sound and theater lighting equipment, partitions, chairs, tables and dance flooringâ€”all required for a functioning arts and education center.
Construction is projected to last twelve to fifteen months crowned by a grand opening ceremony targeted for the fall of 2011.