Keep an eye on this page to stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings. All of our progress with the Feed & Grain rehabilitation will be posted here.
June 2, 2009
We're pleased as punch to announce that Novo's grant application to the State Historical Fund has been approved! We expect work to begin within a few months, as soon as all the paperwork is signed and filed. This grant will help us to continue stabilization work at the Feed & Grain. We will be resetting a structural beam in the basement, repairing some cracked masonry and removing an attached shed that is near collapse (the reason for the
May 31, 2009
Novo is currently working on building funding partnerships to begin the next phase of studies--a pair of artist and arts organization surveys. Based on the results of these surveys, ArtSpace will determine whether or not to pursue a development in Loveland. We hope to launch these online surveys in early fall.
April 1, 2009
Novo has submitted an application to the State Historical Fund for matching funds to continue stabilization work at the Feed & Grain building. If approved, these funds will be used for the most urgent stabilization needs, including some minor masonry repair, structural reinforcement, and removal of a non-historic portion of the building that is causing damage to the historic façade.
December 13, 2008
Novo is excited to announce that we've (finally!) received conditional approval to begin stabilization work on the Feed & Grain building. Novo was awarded a $25,000 grant from the State Historical Fund almost a year ago. Work has been unable to begin due to finalizing contracts and scope-of-work details. But we now have approval to begin work, which is very exciting.
Most of the work for this project will not be visible, but will instead repair areas of deterioration and remove threats to the building. In other words, it might not look like much is happening there, but trust us, there is!
December 5, 2008
On December 3 Novo welcomed 14 University of Denver graduate architecture students (and their professor) to Loveland. The students spent an entire semester studying the Feed & Grain and creating unique solutions to the rehabilitation of the building and the development of a Feed & Grain "campus". The students presented their ideas to Novo, Barry Floyd (property owner) and the community at this open house. All were impressed with the diversity and quality of ideas.
We hope to be able to make the students' drawings available on a more permanent basis to those who were unable to attend. We'll keep you updated.
November 9, 2008
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Feed & Grain for a fabulous Autumn Evening! Over 400 people from all over the front range turned out to see art, eat food, and listen to music. Thanks so much to all of our event donors and sponsors (listed on our Thank You page) who made this event so much fun and so lucrative! The event grossed over $12,000.
Even more significant than the money was the diversity of people who joined us, and that they all enjoyed themselves immensely.
Novo and Tenfold intend to make this an annual event, so stay tuned for the first details of 2009's auction!
September 27, 2008
Well, UC's Feed and Grain studio class is well underway--appropriately titled "Loveland's LoDo" (or as we like to call it, "LoveDo"). All of the principle parties attended a review meeting this week to see the students' progress and hear them talk about their concepts. We are so excited to see the big thinking these students are doing and the unique interpretations they all have.
We're planning a community open house for sometime around December 5 so that the public can come view the plans and talk to the students. Check back for more on that! I can assure you that you will want to see these students' work! If you ever had doubts about the Feed & Grain, these guys will put your mind to rest.
June 30, 2008
We are so excited to let the public know about Novo's upcoming collaboration with University of Colorado in Denver's architecture department. Professor Keith Loftin will be supervising 15 graduate architecture students in a class titled "Loveland's LoDo" The studio class will require each student to find an individual solution to the restoration and reuse of the Feed & Grain property. The class will begin in August 2008 and conclude in December 2008.
From this class will come 15 unique solutions on how to rehabilitate the Feed & Grain. We'll be hosting a community event at the conclusion to share the results with the public, so stay tuned!
June 10, 2008
The Feed & Grain has been the subject of a semester-long study in Pre-Design and we are so excited to share the results with you. Lovelander Chris Thorp is a graduate student in the architecture department at University of Colorado in Denver. He has generously granted us permission to publish the results of his study on our website to share with the public (please note that the results are copyrighted). You can read his conclusions on rehabilitation of the Feed & Grain here.
April 8, 2008:
Phase I of stabilization work is officially completed, and we came in under budget! Novo had committed over $19,000 of donated funds to begin stabilization of the Feed & Grain. Thanks to the efforts of Scott Waterhouse and his crew at SBWaterhouse, the work was completed for less than $15,000. And every leak in the roof and hole in the window has been patched!
We are now signing all the final documents on our loan from the State Historical Fund in order to begin work on Phase II of stabilization. This work should be underway within the next month or so.
February 2, 2008:
This week Novo will be mailing out nearly 1,000 letters to Feed & Grain friends all over the country. This letter will provide an update on work completed, information on work underway and will give individuals an opportunity to make a contribution to Novo. Funds raised will be used to access future grant money for further stabilization and planning.
If you lose your return mail evelope, you can always let us know about a donation on our website (click the "Make Donation" heading).
If you don't receive a letter, don't be offended! It just means we don't have your address. You can join our mailing list by clicking the "Join" heading above.
December 6, 2007:
Novo is pleased to announce the award of a development grant from the State Historical Fund in the amount of $24,495. Combined with funds from property owner, Barry Floyd, and Novo Restoration, Inc. this grant will allow continued stabilization of the Feed & Grain building. This second phase of stabilization will include minor foundation repair, masonry repair, securing doors, security lighting and some interior cleaning. We expect work to commence summer 2008 and be complete by the winter of 2008.
October 1, 2007:
Novo has submitted a grant application to the State Historical Fund requesting funds to continue stabilization of the Feed & Grain. This grant request, if funded, will help pay for a second phase of stabilization (which includes some masonry and foundation repair, security lighting, securing doors, and some interior clean-up and pest management). We expect to know the results of this request by December 2007.
September 18, 2007:
Novo is pleased to announce the signing of a stewardship agreement with Feed & Grain owner, Barry Floyd. This legal document establishes a good-faith partnership between Novo as a public organization and Mr. Floyd as a private property owner. Mr. Floyd has agreed to abide by the rehabilitation standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior and to reserve a portion of the building for public use, access and/or benefit. In return, Novo has agreed to provide technical and financial assistance in the rehabilitation project.
September 16, 2007:
Stabilization of the Feed & Grain has begun! The board of directors of Novo has authorized the release of funds (up to $19,750) to begin immediate stabilization of the Feed & Grain. This first phase of stabilization will address the most urgent needs of the building, especially sealing windows, holes in the roof and restoring proper drainage to the site. These stabilization issues, once taken care of, will protect the building against further deterioration resulting from the upcoming winter. This work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2007.