SHERIDAN — The WYO Theater Board of Directors, along with Sheridan College trustees, have announced the beginning of deconstruction of the building at 32 N. Main Street.
Under the direction of Shawn O’Dell of O’Dell Construction, demolition of the interior and portions of the exterior have already begun. During this phase of demolition, the sidewalk and parking lane will be completely blocked off for equipment positioning and the safety of the public. Pedestrians need to cross to the east side of Main Street to travel between Loucks and Brundage streets.
“We apologize for the inconvenience to pedestrians and drivers, alike, but we can reassure you that work will progress as quickly as possible and the end result will be well worth the inconvenience,” said Nick Johnson, executive director of the WYO Theater. “The WYO Theater is still up and running and the box office will still be open every weekday from noon to 5 p.m. We also apologize to customers of the The Hallmark Store who may have to go out of their way to get past our construction.”
The project is a collaboration between the WYO Theater, Sheridan College and the city of Sheridan and will result in an additional performance and rehearsal space, expanded lobby area, faculty offices and teaching facilities, improved technical capabilities on the WYO main stage, additional restroom facilities and a costume design and construction area.
In addition, the façade of the building will be returned to a more historically accurate design.
“Tim Belton of Malone/Belton Architects has created not only an extremely functional and forward reaching interior design, but a very pleasing exterior in keeping with both the historic nature of the building and of Main Street Sheridan,” said Richard M. Davis, co-chair of the WYO Theater capital campaign committee and member of the WYO Theater Board of Directors.
The city of Sheridan secured two $1 million grants in 2011 from the Wyoming Business Council.
The WYO board of directors and the Sheridan College Foundation then formed a capital campaign committee to secure additional financial support.
The campaign is underway and currently stands at 85 percent of its goal of $5 million.
The total estimated cost of the project is $4.5 million.