Building Our Future
As Strathmore begins its 13th season in the Music Center, we are excited to share some big updates. Strathmore recently announced a $10 million expansion project that will add 5,000 square feet of glass-enclosed space to the Music Center.
The project will enclose the Bou Terrace at the Music Center thereby doubling the number of patrons who can be seated and served in the Music Center café. The soaring, circular Pavilion includes a skylight and sliding glass walls that will open to the outside as weather permits. It also expands meeting and reception capacity for pre- and post-show events, civic meetings, and pre-concert educational lectures. The new addition also incorporates an escalator connecting the Promenade entry level and the lower Orchestra level, serving our growing number of patrons with mobility issues and easing congestion pre- and post-performance.
To accommodate the installation of the escalator, the plan relocates the existing men’s restrooms on the Orchestra level to the opposite side of the Lockheed Martin Lobby and creates a vestibule at the base of the escalator leading into a redesigned and refreshed Comcast Lounge.
“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 $4 million in the project, while the remaining funds will come from a mix of State and County support, as well as private funding sources. With an initial generous capital gift, local businesswoman and philanthropist Cathy Bernard has named the new addition The Bernard Family Foundation Pavilion.
The project is scheduled to be completed by June of 2019.
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 post updates here as the construction gets underway. We hope you are as excited as we are for all that is yet to come!
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