Philharmonic construction project on budget and on schedule

Construction for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s arts and events space being added on to the back of its office building downtown is on budget and on schedule — now about halfway done — in preparation for a spring opening.

The project also includes a refurbishing and updating of the ensemble’s entire structure.

The local professional orchestra made public its plans for the $2.5 million Helen Haddad Music, Arts, and Event Center slightly more than a year ago. The 80- to 100-seat facility will be a shared space among the Philharmonic and various groups for concerts, recitals, theater, dance performances, meetings, receptions and more.

Organizers said that there are currently enough pledges or donations in hand to cover all construction costs at the structure at 315 Franklin St. The old front awning was just removed last week, and eventually will be replaced by a steel and glass porch.

“It’s exciting to gradually see the transformation,” said Margaret Powers, the Philharmonic executive director.

For more on this story, including more photos, see Wednesday’s Republic.