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Stambaugh Auditorium steps and facade to be renovated

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

An iconic Youngstown building is getting a big facelift.  

92 years of snow, salt, sun and rain have taken a toll on Stambaugh Auditorium's steps and facade.
Now a multi-million dollar project is underway to return it to its former glory.

Pieces of the limestone steps and walls are cracked and falling apart.  That's why Stambaugh Auditorium administrators knew now is the time to get things fixed.  

"We call this the staircase restoration but it's really the whole front facade of the building. We want to totally raise this front platform, rebuild the retaining walls, but in rain screen so they last longer, take out the front staircase, take out this staircase, clean the front facade, light the building," said Mike McGiffin, Stambaugh Auditorium Director of Development and Community Relations.

McGiffin says they've already done some surveying and drilling of the site.  They are awaiting a final cost figure to have everything renovated so it can look exactly like it did when it opened in 1926.  They project is getting some assistance from YSU engineering students.

"It gives them that experience of a real world project not just something we are talking about out of a textbook. It's good for community. It's good for outreach," said YSU Professor, Dr. Carol Lamb.

They'll be looking at the project from a construction management perspective.  But a lot needs to be done.  The staircase is actually hollow underneath with a steel structure.  The plan is to make things completely solid under there.  

Administrators also need to figure out how to pay for the costly renovation so they are considering fundraisers and will try to get grants.
If everything works out, construction would begin next Spring.

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