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Performing Arts Centers

The Grand, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has $3 billion in new construction projects under development, including The Grand, a mixed-used 1.2-million-sf public-private partnership that Related Cos. is developing, according to a new report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.  However, JLL's latest Construction Forecast predicts a slow recovery in construction spending nationwide. Image: Related Companies

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predicts second-half improvement toward normalization next year.

Buddy Holly Hall exterior

All photos: Casey Dunn

February 23, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Diamond Schmitt designed the project, which is named for Lubbock native Buddy Holly.

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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2020 Cultural Facilities Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. cultural facilities sector

Photo courtesy Pixabay


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

AECOM, Arup, and Populous head BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest cultural facilities sect...

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November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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August 31, 2020 | Raymond Kent

Live productions, which offer students the opportunity to hone their skills with true audience...

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2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross


August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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The Greek Theatre exterior

All photos by Jim Simmons, courtesy Page & Turnbull

August 17, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Page & Turnbull led the project in collaboration with design firm Rios.

January 07, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Steven Chilton Architects designed the project.

Xiqu Center entryway

All photos: David Lloyd, Courtesy SWA

October 14, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Xiqu Center is the first venue in the world designed for classical Chinese Opera.

Top Cultural Sector Construction Firms for 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary3

Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, designed by HGA. The library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Whiting-Turner, Turner, PCL, Clark Group, and Gilbane top the rankings of the nation's largest cu...

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Top Cultural Sector Engineering Firms for 2019 Sunset-Park-Library-Updated-Rendering

The Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, comprises eight stories and 21,000 sf. The library encompasses the first two and a half floors of the building, while the remaining five and a half floors house 50 affordable residences for qualified low-income occupants. Rendering courtesy Magnusson Architecture and Planning


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Arup, EXP, BRPH, and Thornton Tomasetti head the rankings of the nation's largest cultura...

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Top Cultural Sector Architecture Firms FOR 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary1_use

The HGA-designed Mitchell Street Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Populous, DLR Group, Stantec, and Perkins and Will top the rankings of the nation's larg...

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2019 Cultural Facilities Giants Report Macalester_University

Macalester College’s new Theater, Dance, and Classroom building in St. Paul, Minn., designed by HGA, includes a flexible performance space that allows for different seating and performance configurations. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The future of libraries is less about being quiet and more about hands-on learning and face-to-fa...

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Steven Holl Architects, The Kennedy Center expands for the first time since its 1971 debut

An aerial view of The REACH (left, in front of the Kennedy Center), whose three pavilions are connected underground. Images: Richard Barnes, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.

September 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The REACH, with three pavilions on a generous lawn, adds openness and light to this performance s...

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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at dusk

Courtesy AUX Architecture.

January 31, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

AUX Architecture designed the building.

Taipei Music Center near the end of construction
January 24, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Reiser + Umemoto designed the facility.

The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach

Courtesy Leo A Daly

August 21, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Leo A Daly designed the expansion.

Courtesy of the Colburn School

March 23, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The expansion will add three performance venues to the downtown L.A. campus.

The glass facade at the National Theatre of Albania

Rendering courtesy BIG

March 15, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is a 3-in-1 cultural venue in downtown Tirana.

Aerial view of APAC

Rendering courtesy of SPF:architects

February 20, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

SPF:architects designed the complex.

The exterior of the Rachel Carson Music and Campus Center, with the 19th century smokestack visible.

Photo courtesy of Windover Construction

September 11, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CBT Architects and Windover Construction collaborated on the adaptive reuse project for Middlesex...

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The 1,200-seat John Anson Ford Amphitheater will reopen next month after a nearly four-year, $72.2 million renovation and expansion. Image: Gennia Cui

June 30, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The performing arts venue, nearly a century old, has undergone an extensive refurbishing.

May 08, 2017 | Mark Oppelt

For more than 15 years, LPA has completed many projects for the East Central Independent School D...

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Left: Rendering of The Chrysalis courtesy of © THEVERYMANY. Right: The Chrysalis, as it nears completion in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods © Arup. 

April 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stage is covered with a curving steel and aluminum-shingled shell.

Image © Volker Kreidler

March 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hall hosted its debut concert on Saturday, March 4 with a performance by the Boulez Ensemble....

Image courtesy of The Container Globe

January 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Container Globe would be used for theater performances, live music, and as a sculpture garden...

Main Concert Hall. Image courtesy of Sydney Opera House

August 31, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Acoustical improvements will be made alongside upgrades in accessibility, efficiency, and flexibi...

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Synagogues in Omaha and New York get new lives after intense reconstruction

The performance space at the Omaha (Neb.) Conservatory of Music was carved from the sanctuary of what had been Temple Israel. Image: @2015 Dan Schwalm/HDR

June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Omaha Conservatory of Music gets a new home in a temple. A fire leads to an ambitious rebuild...

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Diamond Schmitt designs multi-purpose Buddy Holly Hall for a variety of performing arts

Diamond Schmitt's Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas. Renderings courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects. Click images to enlarge.

May 04, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The spacious and versatile complex can hold operas, plays, rock concerts, and conferences.

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