Flooding from a burst pipe leading into a second-floor ice machine left large swaths of the performing arts center's flooring, walls and ceilings soaked before it was discovered
"While I'm impatient by nature, I'm very pleased with the progress," said Gallo Center CEO Lynn Dickerson. "The project has been handled very well by the county and
The staff of the nonprofit Gallo Center has been working in tandem with officials from Stanislaus County, which owns the building and leases it back to the arts organization. Repair work is being done around the venue's performance schedule, which has continued despite the construction. All of the carpeting and molding on the first- and second-floor lobbies has been removed, and sections of ceiling and walls have been cut out.
The center held its first public performance a week ago since the flooding and had events throughout the week, including shows by comedian
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"It was significantly damaged, and in a very short period of time for a lot of people from the Gallo Center and county team and all the contractors to get it ready to open last Friday night was a significant accomplishment," she said. "I don't think it could be going better. It's been a tremendous effort by so many people."
The center's electrical system, elevators and most of its computers were not damaged by the water. But the ticket office and upper and lower concession stands have been closed and await repair. Makeshift box office and concession stands have been set up in the front of the lobby and are open to the public during the process.
The estimated completion date for the project is
"Audiences have been very understanding. We had many first-time patrons here for both the
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