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May 17, 2019

Construction Award: Private Building
$20 million to $50 million

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Seattle Opera at the Center is a 100,000-square-foot complex designed by NBBJ, with Class A office space and performance space.

Seattle Opera at the Center

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

Owner/developer: Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera at the Center is the culmination of a dream to "unlock opera for all," and bring rehearsal, educational, civic, artistic-support and administrative functions to a new home alongside its performances at McCaw Hall. The 100,000-square-foot building mixes performance space, Class-A offices and industrial-level craft manufacturing, warehouse and logistical areas. Facilities include the Tagney-Jones Hall for small performances and education, two rehearsal rooms that accommodate full sets, a choir room, smaller practice rooms, an expansive costume shop with windows for public viewing, offices, retail, a large warehouse space, scene assembly and industrial arts such as welding. The exterior features an architectural patterned aluminum scrim set one foot from the building enclosure with 180 lights controlled by the central AV system. Sustainable features include a series of bioswales for natural stormwater filtration. A new concrete bridge accesses an expanded loading dock.

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