24 Months|105 Weeks|17250 Hours is a blog by Julianne Brienza, CEO/Founder of Capital Fringe based in Washington, DC. Posting running through August 2020 will explore the varied aspects of defining the organizational evolution and structure of a annual Fringe festival to a year round organization through photos and narrative.    

Wait. Is this what we are doing?

Wait. Is this what we are doing?

 I must confess I have the flu. I have had a nagging fever for over a week. I rarely get sick, so I get quite bewildered when it happens. I am doing so much resting, hydrating and so on. Totally aggravating.

Final Design Meeting Group Photo  Back Row L -> R: Jason Klien, Walker Group/Project Management Team; Chip Ranno, Clear Real Estate/Project Management Team; Dawne Langford, Freelance Artist/Town Hall Meeting Coordinator; Dan Logan, Reveda Foundation; Dan Costello, Board Treasurer; Kathy Osborn, Clear Real Estate/Project Management Team  Front Row L -> R: Jamal Gray, Musician/Community Organizer; Sabrina Mandell, Theatre Artist/Happenstance Theater Company; Lee Cromwell, Festival Producer; ME!; KIngdon Gould, Vice Chair; Peter Nesbett, ED, WPA

Final Design Meeting Group Photo

Back Row L -> R: Jason Klien, Walker Group/Project Management Team; Chip Ranno, Clear Real Estate/Project Management Team; Dawne Langford, Freelance Artist/Town Hall Meeting Coordinator; Dan Logan, Reveda Foundation; Dan Costello, Board Treasurer; Kathy Osborn, Clear Real Estate/Project Management Team

Front Row L -> R: Jamal Gray, Musician/Community Organizer; Sabrina Mandell, Theatre Artist/Happenstance Theater Company; Lee Cromwell, Festival Producer; ME!; KIngdon Gould, Vice Chair; Peter Nesbett, ED, WPA

Last Wednesday, we had our final design meeting. This, of course, was the day I started getting a fever. I was unsure at the time what was going on, but when I got home that evening, I had a temp of 102. Despite not knowing I was indeed sick during the meeting – it was amazing! Each person in the room expressed concerns or confirmed that the current thinking was spot on. Only two action items to following up on. I am very grateful to everyone input!

A big take away was on schedule:  

  • Drawing production - complete Second Quarter 2019

  • Design Development- January 15- 6-week duration

  • Permit Set- March 01- 6-week duration

  • Construction Documents- April 15- 6-week duration

  • Construction BID Set Released- May 31

  • Construction- anticipated Fourth Quarter 2019

This was good to get this out to the group. Many folks keep asking me how is construction going? I always laugh and say this is a significant process and requires many, many, steps, which is drastically different than how Fringe has adapted venues. We are not building a temporary Fringe Festival venue. The goal, which often does not get mentioned anymore, is to be up to code. Especially in the scene shop!  

After much discussion, we are increasing the square footage for the gallery. I met this week with the Architect and Program Manager to re-draft the plan. FOA ( floor to area ratio ) is a major factor when shifting the size of program areas in the building. I think what was achieved at this meeting was adding in 500 sq ft gallery not used as form of egress for any other program with a wonderful overhang on the first floor. Nick, the architect needs to review the FOA calculations and adjust items throughout the whole building to achieve this addition. We will all meet on 1. 28 to for the final review. I think this is it. This is what we are doing!

Next Saturday is our first town hall. Dawne and I are READY! For those that have RSVPed, keep a lookout for the pre-town hall survey. We have 33 RSVPS . . . room for 67 more.   

Wriggling and Wriggling

Wriggling and Wriggling

Mindset. Flow. Hope.

Mindset. Flow. Hope.