CURRENT STATUS OF PROJECT
As of December 2014, the final phase of design, the construction-documents phase, nears its conclusion. Chautauquans have given approximately $27 million of the estimated $30 million needed for the project to move forward. The final construction cost will be determined by bids received. The total estimated cost of the project, including an endowment fund to ensure its ongoing maintenance, currently stands at $33.5 million. Chautauqua working with its owner's representative in anticipation of the bidding and procurement phases.
Following requests from some preservation groups and community members, the project's leaders agreed to revisit the recent conclusion to completely replace the Amphitheater roof structure. Members of the design team are thoroughly re-evaluating the safety, schedule and cost impacts of retaining portions of the roof structure in the final design and will know in a few weeks if any of the existing roof structure can be preserved within the requirements of the project.
In addition, community comments and inquiries on accessibility around and through the Amphitheater, with specific concerns regarding the removal of the red footbridge at South Terrace, led the design team to develop alternative approaches to accessibility and particularly the east-side landscape design at the back of the house. A revised design is in progress.
The Amphitheater is a contributing building to the designation of Chautauqua Institution as a National Historic Landmark District in 1989.