Our goal is to raise $3500 to bring year round programming to Comfort Station by confronting one particular challenge: Comfort Station isn’t always that comfortable! Insulation and storm windows will efficiently keep the space comfortable enough to extend our programming into the winter months, and fixing our AC will make events in the summer truly comfortable, not blisteringly hot! Through the support of this project, we are poised to extend our programming in the winter months and begin our regular season of programming earlier in the year.
Comfort Station’s mission is to present multimedia arts programming that is open and accessible to anyone, while maintaining a high level of quality and a stimulating and challenging conceptual presence. Playful yet rewarding of attention, Comfort Station hosts monthly art exhibitions, a weekly eclectic music series, weekly film screenings, literary and theatre readings, puppet shows, and community workshops.
We're excited to announce a new partnership with a great local Logan Square business, Biofoam, who will be working with us to not only insulate the space, but carry out a more comprehensive project to make our building LEED certified! With this new partnership in effect, our kickstarter goal will now be the first phase in a longer process which will potentially involve insulating our walls in a preservation-minded way, installing efficient flooring, and integrating other features that will make our building one of the most energy efficient spaces in the neighborhood. Any amount that we make beyond our original goal of $3500 will now feed into this much more ambitious project thanks to the generosity of Biofoam.
Biofoam has generously offered a $250 discount on their services to anyone who pledges $100 or more! This could include home insulation, waterproofing, soundproofing, fireproofing, and more...
Risks and challenges
If our weather-proofing process spirals out of control, our devoted staff of volunteers plan to roll up their sleeves and take matters into our own hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our original goal was to purchase custom storm windows ($1600), repair the AC ($200), and put in an affordable layer of insulation in the attic to increase the overall HVAC efficiency of the space, thus making it more comfortable. Our project has now expanded, and the funds raised here will now be applied toward the first phase of a bigger goal of LEED certification for the building.
We're still waiting to hear back from our consultants to know the full extent, but it will likely include insulated flooring (as opposed to our current concrete slab, which is a "heat sink" that draws heat out of the space), insulating some or all of our walls, addressing the energy efficiency of our lighting, etc. We'll keep you posted when we find out more.
When we were looking for quotes for the insulation job, we wanted to find someone in the neighborhood to work with, and Biofoam provided us with a quote. They then approached us with interest in helping us do more than just put insulation in the attic, and offered to partner with us to address the overall "envelope" of our building, as well as to help us fundraise and strategize toward LEED certification.
Since starting our programs in 2011, our normal season of programming has been from April to November, around 7 months of the year. This project will allow us to potentially have programming of some capacity year round.
Our hope is that the different stages of the work can be carried out progressively so we can reap the benefits as the improvements are made. The storm windows will be installed in time for our April re-opening, just in case Chicago has a cold early-spring. The attic insulation should be done relatively soon after we're funded, which will not only help in the case of a cold spring, but also help with cooling efficiency in the summer. The AC will be repaired in time for summer programming.
Remaining work will be carried out in stages as we're able to secure funding. The more we raise in our current kickstarter, the more quickly we can address broader issues and LEED certification. Our hope is that everything will be complete by the end of 2013.
While our goal of $3500 will cover the basic improvements outlined in our project, our expanded project of LEED certification also entails costs well beyond this goal (likely $10,000+). We'll be working over the next ten months with Biofoam to fundraise in other ways and seek out donation of services from other companies, but the more we can fund this project now, the sooner we can see the changes implemented in the space.
Support this project
- (30 days)