Façade installation is nearing completion on the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, 138-foot-tall performance venue in the World Trade Center complex in the Financial District. Designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as the executive architect and developed by non-profit company The Perelman, the steel-framed edifice is located between Skidmore Owings & Merrill‘s One World Trade Center to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Greenwich Street to the east. Sciame Construction, LLC is in charge of construction for the project.
Since our last update in late November, the marble exterior panels have enclosed the steel-framed volume with impressive speed, and now cover the entire cube with the exception of the strip where the construction elevator remains attached.
One of the best vantage points to see the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is from the adjacent 9/11 Memorial. The lack of foliage on the Swamp White Oak trees has made more of the building visible through the branches.
Close-up shots show the symmetrical book-matched layout of the marble veins with the northern, western, and southern sides of the superstructure fully covered.
Work is now focused on the main entrance, which feature a grand staircase tucked underneath the southwestern corner, and a ground-floor tubular cutout that should likely lead visitors to an ADA-compliant elevator. Fencing with renderings line the perimeter of the property, while a set of metal gates occasionally opens up for daily deliveries and machinery.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open sometime in 2023, as stated on large sheets of printed renderings and photographs surrounding the premises.