The Littlefield Celtic Center
March 3, 2015
It has been busy and loud around here! Several things are going on at once: the sheet rock is going up inside while the roofers are banging away up top and enjoying the nice weather, and other workers are putting up the outside insulation barrier. The form for the entrance ramp is also being put up while Skagit PUD is digging at the edge of the property.
Going from orange to blue!
Here you can see most of the work going on outside. Craziness!
February 25, 2015
In the two weeks we were gone for Winter School, the Littlefield Celtic Center really began to take shape! They finished putting the panels on the roof, took down the temporary porch, and added sprinklers in the main office. Since we’ve been back, the windows and doors have gone in and the insulation has arrived!
Here you can see the general shape of the ramp that will be the entrance to the entire building:
Here you get an idea of the building as a whole. Quite a bit different from when we left!
Carefully lifting the windows:
And fitting them into place:
Now that things are closed in, you get an idea of what the rooms look like:
The “Great Hall” where our dinners and concerts and many other events will be held:
A view of the main entrance from the lobby:
And the view from the lobby looking in to the Great Hall:
The roofing and insulation should be next! Stay “tuned”!
January 15, 2015
Today was a big day at the Celtic Arts Foundation as the trusses went up on the Littlefield Celtic Center!
It was a tight fit getting the trusses through the parking lot:
Up up and away!
Suddenly it looks like a full building going up!
Except we were missing one thing:
Thanks to those who joined us for the excitement!
Craig Carlile, Jim’s granddaughter Megan, Jim Monroe, and Jerry Bromberger all enjoyed an afternoon of construction.
Here is video of the first truss going up!
And the last truss going up!
December 22, 2014
Walls are going up!
December 11, 2014
Floor Decking is going down!
December 2, 2014
November 25, 2014
The foundation being poured!
November 18, 2014
Getting close to pouring the foundation!
November 4, 2014
IT HAS BEGUN!
It started with a “little” truck pulling up to our property a couple weeks ago:
And suddenly things started to happen!
The concrete pad where the garage used to be disappeared, and a hole appeared in its place:
And suddenly a footprint of what is to be became clear…
Keep an eye here for updates on the construction of the Littlefield Celtic Center!
How it came about:
The Board of Directors of the Celtic Arts Foundation passed a resolution at their June 2012 Board Meeting to secure a permanent home for the CAF. Thanks to the generosity of well over 150 individuals from seven US states and two Canadian provinces, since initiating our fundraising efforts we’ve raised over $240,000. As explained below, on September 18, 2013 CAF announced receiving a pledge for $500,000 to help construct the new Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center in Mount Vernon! Our fundraising for the entire project continues, and we invite people to make contributions to our capital campaign to help us realize our goal of completing this project without ANY debt!
You can help today: (click here to make a donation).
What is the plan? (updated 11/24/2013)
On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, CAF announced receiving a pledge for a $500,000 donation to complete the second phase of this project; the creation of the 3000 square foot Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center in Mount Vernon just got real! Early on, we recognized that this unique property had potential for expansion that could be truly transformative for the southern part of downtown Mount Vernon. With the official announcement of this gift, CAF has also announced that the Mount Vernon based architectural firm, the Henry Klein Partnership (HKP), has been selected to design and oversee the completion of the cultural center project. A tentative schedule has been developed for completing the new construction as follows:
- Schematic design, September-October, 2013
- Design development, October 2013-March 2014
- Contract documents & permitting, March – May 2014
- Bid negotiation, June – July 2014
- Construction start, July 2014
- Grand opening, Spring 2015
For many years, we’ve imagined a place to hold Robert Burns Suppers, Scotch-tastings, concerts, musical workshops, lectures on any aspect of Scottish, Irish and Celtic culture and heritage – this Center will be all of that and much more! It will become a hub of activity that will make a vibrant contribution not only to the Foundation and its stakeholders, but to the broader community as well. Here is a rendering of what the Center will look like (click on the picture for a better look):
The new building space will accommodate seated meals, concerts and lectures for up to 150 people, and will include the necessary amenities to make this an extremely versatile venue. Here is the floor plan (click on the picture for a closer look):
These concepts were designed by HKP Architects of Mount Vernon, WA.