Growing our community of creativity: A three phase expansion project that will add 8,000 sq. ft. of studios, galleries, artist’s housing, and community space
WSW has been operating at capacity for over a decade, making the best use of the three buildings which comprise our Arts Campus. Every available space is fully utilized from basement to attic.
When the expansion is complete, we will double the number of artists we serve, nurturing their creative energy and sharing their work with the world, increase the Summer Art Institute workshops capacity, and add more Art-in-Education opportunities.
New programs will engage new audiences, especially the growing foot traffic which has followed the opening of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail that passes directly in front of our studios.
The total cost of this campaign is $1.5 million.
The purchase, structural stabilization, and façade restoration of the neighboring house 718 Binnewater Lane is complete.
Currently in process, this phase in the expansion comprises an addition and connecting bridge building that will create a welcoming community space and galleries; a new book arts studio; an artist’s book and print archive and study center; centralized administrative offices; and new artist’s housing.
Our builder Greg Hill, in concert with LEED certified architect Richard Miller, are employing innovative strategies striving to create a net zero building, thereby reducing operating costs and supporting sustainable building practices.
We have used recycled and sustainable insulation materials and have increased the R value 40-50% above the current requirements for new construction. Radiant heat has been installed in the walls and ceiling, in addition to the floors.
We will be installing a high efficiency heat pump that will be powered by photovoltaics. And there will be fully integrated solar thermal.
To save as much heat as possible there will be a heat recovery ventilation system and the indoor air quality will be monitored.
The next step will bring the Ceramics studio out of the basement; consolidate letterpress equipment into one space; add a complete digital lab; and further increase the capacity of the Intaglio, Screenprint, Papermaking, and Book Arts studio.