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A Special Feature of DJC.COM
June 5, 2003
The project team

Owner:
City of Seattle

Architect:
LMN Architects, Seattle

General contractor:
Skanska, Seattle

Structural engineer:
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle

Mechanical engineer:
CDi Engineers, Lynnwood

Electrical engineer:
Sparling, Seattle

Civil engineer:
AKB Engineers, Seattle

Geotechnical engineer:
Hart Crowser, Seattle

Landscape architect:
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle

Acoustical consultant:
Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Norwalk, Conn.

Theater consultant:
Schuler & Shook, Chicago

Lighting artist:
Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, New York


Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Photo by Sam Bennett
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall



Feature Stories

"Demolition crews keep danger at bay,"
Seattle Opera House dismantled amid close quarters and tight schedules
By SUSAN CANNON,
Nuprecon


"At McCaw Hall, the performance begins outside,"
A colorful outdoor light display takes art into the street
By MARK REDDINGTON,
LMN Architects


"Bracing for a new future ,"
Seismic improvements will help McCaw Hall
stand the test of time

By KEN DAHL,
Magnusson Klemencic Associates


"A breath of fresh air,"
McCaw Hall’s efficient HVAC system
keeps patrons (and staff accountants) breathing easy

By NORM BROWN,
CDi Engineers


"A centerpiece for Seattle Center,"
There’s more to McCaw than performing arts
By VIRGINIA ANDERSON,
Seattle Center

Project Fast Facts

Location:
305 Harrison St., Seattle

Cost:
$127 million

Size:
295,000 square feet

Resident groups:
Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Groundbreaking:
Jan. 17, 2002

Opening:
June 28

glass wall
Photo by Michael Dickter, MKA
Design details:

Susan Brotman Performance Hall: The 2,900-seat auditorium is narrower than its predecessor, with better sight lines and a more intimate setting. New elevated side seating sections, extended balconies and 16 side seating boxes contribute the hall’s cozier atmosphere. The portions of the original Opera House shell were preserved to maintain its acoustics.

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall: This new 400-seat lecture hall features a raked floor, audio-visual system and a separate entrance. The room can be rented out for speakers, presentations, films and other events. Two other new reception rooms can hold up to 300.

Kreielshiemer Lobby: The 9,000-square-foot lobby features an airy design that includes floor-to-ceiling views of the curving, five-story glass facade. The lobby holds a box office, gift shop and cafe with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 200. A sweeping stairway leads up to the 12,000-square-foot grand lobby, from which guests can enter the main floor of the auditorium.

Kreielsheimer Promenade: The 17,800-square-foot promenade is a public plaza that serves as an entry into McCaw Hall and as a new link from Mercer Street to the Seattle Center campus. Elements include three shallow pools, a terrazzo walkway and outdoor seating. The landscape was built partially over mechanical rooms below, adding complexity to its design.

Public art: Nine 30-foot-tall scrims above the promenade will show a choreographed “musical” of multi-colored light projections, cycling through four “melodies.” The light from the suspended metal scrims will sparkle and shine on the stone and water below. Two scrims inside McCaw Hall will bring the light show indoors.

LEED certification: The renovation and expansion of McCaw Hall was planned under the city’s sustainable-building policy, enacted in 2000. The building is expected to receive a LEED silver rating. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED ratings to buildings that demonstrate environmentally sensitive design and construction.


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