Building Our Future
As Strathmore begins its 13th season of presenting in the Music Center, we are excited to share some big updates. In order to address much needed space for pre-concert dining and increased patron mobility, Strathmore announced a $10 million expansion project that will add 5,000 square feet of glass-enclosed space to the Music Center.
The expansion will add 200 additional café seats by enclosing the Bou Terrace, and the plan is to install windows that will open to the outside as weather permits. Currently, it is not uncommon to witness someone who just purchased food to end up wandering with a tray in hand, seeking a place to sit down.
Additionally, an escalator descending from the main Promenade level to the Orchestra level will address patron accessibility needs and reduce congestion. In order to include the escalator, the entrances to the men’s bathroom and Comcast Lounge on the Orchestra level will be relocated. The escalator will be programmed to only go in one direction before the concert begins, and reversed in the other direction at the end of the show.
“This project will be the capstone to the Music Center at Strathmore, extending to our patrons a level of customer service, dining, and mobility no less grand than the remarkable concert hall itself,” states Eliot Pfanstiehl, Strathmore’s chief executive officer.
The State of Maryland has invested an initial $3 million in the project, while the remaining funds will come from a mix of State and County support, as well as private funding sources. The project is scheduled to be completed by January of 2020, in time for the Music Center’s 15th anniversary.
Please click through the slideshow below to view some of the architectural renderings. As you will see, the renovations build on the beauty of the Music Center while adding necessary improvements and upgraded amenities. We will continue to posting updates here as the progress gets underway. We hope you are as excited as we are for all that is yet to come!
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