When approaching the Kennedy Center from Memorial Bridge or along the Potomac River on the footpath from Georgetown or the National Mall, the view of swiveling cranes and newly pitched walls gives an exciting glimpse of the fast-changing landscape on the most western edge of the District. The Center is building the future with the … Continue reading "Announcing the REACH! And defining its purpose."
On the B Level (the ground floor for most of the project), all of the underlying site utilities are finished and nearly every wall is complete. While work proceeds on the site, the project team also continues to perfect the white, board-formed concrete that is used to construct the three pavilions, such as the Skylight … Continue reading "Spherical Void Formers"
The construction site is undergoing a drastic transformation. Beyond the installation of more underlying infrastructure and the emergence of internal and external building framework, the uniquely crafted crinkle concrete, a textured and acoustically-sound material designed specifically for the walls of the expansion, is visible from the surrounding area.Additionally, construction on the foundation for the new … Continue reading "Crinkle concrete work continues"
At the end of February, there was a significant concrete pour to lay the foundation for the three pavilions. As of the beginning of May, the pavilions are starting to rise and visibly take shape. Seeing forms coming out of the ground inspires the artistic and educational programming teams to explore even more fully the … Continue reading "Breaking down barriers between artist and audience"
In December, the Kennedy Center hit a major milestone for the expansion project. A second tower crane (t-crane) was erected on the west side of the jobsite. The new tower crane is shorter than the first, but has a larger boom (horizontal part of the crane that carries the load). Both tower cranes are being … Continue reading "SOE’s, T-cranes, and Crinkle Concrete: Construction progress and special features"