Construction is continuing on the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center in the Financial District. Designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as the executive architect and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the 138-foot-tall structure is one of the final components of the 16-acre World Trade Center complex.
Recent photos show the state of work at the site, which is bound by Vesey Street to the north, Greenwich Street to the east, Fulton Street to the south, and One World Trade Center to the east. Since our last update in September, additional steel has been added to the frame of the cubic structure.
Looking closer at the red-colored superstructure reveals some smaller beams and girders inserted among the elevated base and within the interior of the main cube. Some are white-colored and vary in thickness depending on their structural purpose and load capacity. This recent assembly will likely serve as the outline for some of the inner rooms, which include 99-, 250-, and a 499-seat theaters, along with a rehearsal space that can be transformed into a fourth venue.
The center will contain three main sections: the Public Level on the bottom, the Performer Level in the middle, and the Play Level on top, with a total of 11 different venue arrangements. We should expect interior construction to progress over the next several months, with work on the bright marble façade beginning sometime during the summer. The cladding is rendered with warm nighttime illumination.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is planned to be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.