Provided by Niki Price, Executive Director Lincoln City Cultural Center
LINCOLN CITY – It’s been said that the Lincoln City Cultural Center is bursting with activities. But perhaps things went a little too far this week.
On Monday, March 3, the exterior panels on the center’s southeast corner settled and separated more than 4 inches away from the main structure, creating an immediate hazard to the entire south parking lot. After a quick evaluation from Stricker Engineering, which confirmed the danger, crews from Quade Construction removed the unstable wall early Wednesday, March 5. The panels were part of a protective layer installed to protect and insulate. It was made of six panels concrete aggregate over wire mesh, which were attached to wood supports and then to the original brick wall. They were installed at least 30 years ago, when the building was still the Delake Elementary School, probably to stop leaks in the brick on the east side.
The consulting engineer, Andrew Stricker of Stricker Engineering, estimated that the 30-foot southeast wall weighed about 16,000 pounds. Stricker also recommended that the wall’s identical twin, on the southwest corner, be torn down as as soon as possible. The southwest wall did not pose any immediate threat to the public, but it also showed signs of failure. On Friday it too was torn down.
The historic Delake School is publicly owned, purchased in 2006 by the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency. The Coastal Communities Cultural Center leases the property and manages the facility as the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The two entities are working in partnership to ensure public safety while maintaining and improving the landmark building.
As for the next step Ms. Price says they’re letting Lincoln City City Hall handle it since the city owns the building. Price recently hunted down some grant money to replace the building’s roof. But this outer wall issue came up totally by surprise. She says it’s not a support structure of the building, just a weather-proofing layer to keep out water. So it should be pretty straightforward to fix.
Despite all the work going on, Ms. Price says all scheduled entertainment and other events are proceeding as normal. Nothing has been cancelled.