Steelwork Continues on The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center in the Financial District

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, designed by REX

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.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

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 Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

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.

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14 Comments on "Steelwork Continues on The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center in the Financial District"

  1. Is there a LiveCam to watch the construction?

  2. A Joyce Thompson | January 2, 2021 at 9:15 am | Reply

    I am looking forward to another GREAT art center for the performing, as well as visual arts in NYC! There can never, ever be to many, for it is the arts that causes GREAT cities to thrive!

  3. ..and I know we have all come to expect great photos from Michael Young, but these of 1WTC towering behind the Arts Center construction are really something special !

  4. The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is an absolute masterpiece of architectural design. The World Trade Center never disappoints, and it’ll always be the greatest construction site in (quite possibly) the whole world. I can’t wait to see further progress on the PAC. Great photos by Michael Young as well.

  5. Anxious to see it completed, and will visit on next NY trip…
    but wonder how it will be completely finished in 9 months, considering it is currently a steel “cage”? Is it going to be “fast tracked” in construction?

    • I think you might be correct in your skepticism of this being finished by Sept 11..I just went thru the REX web site of this performance center..the interiors and their flexibility will be AMAZING..But there is ‘soo’ much work still to do.

  6. This is a mysterious building (check out REX’s website for lots of pictures) — hopefully a future engine for innovative performing arts. It will make an effective counterpoint to the brooding 9/11 memorial fountains, especially at night when the facade will warmly glow. Last part of the puzzle: Norman Foster’s as yet unpublished new iteration of World Trade Center 2.

    • I’d love to see a 1,350′ Norman Foster WTC 2 built, but I’ve been saying for years that no suptertall WTC 2 will ever be built. They blew it 13 years ago or so, when WTCs 1 and 4 started construction. They chose the short WTC 4 instead of supertall WTC 2. WTC 3 was later built. But by not building WTC 2 (and holding-off on 4), they’ve allowed the big gap between WTCs 1 and 3 to remain – now likely forever.

  7. Does anyone happen to know why this is taking so long to be built? It’s a small building, thought it would be completed by now. Did COVID slow it down? Also, has anyone heard a timeline for when the church on the other side of the plaza will be finished? Thanx.

  8. Virginia B. Allen | January 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm | Reply

    I posted a statement and I stated that I posted a statement before.

  9. Their website says 2023 yikes
    So definitely not going to be ready by 9/11/21
    Would have at least hoped for 2022. If their own site says 2023, does that mean 2024?!

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