Façade installation is wrapping up on the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, a 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 The Perelman, the cubic steel-framed structure stands 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.
The marble was first quarried and processed by Portuguese stone fabricator LSI; then delivered to France by ACG to be triple-laminated and treated with a low-e coating; shipped to Germany to be layered with insulated glazed units done by Interplane; then finally brought to Germany to Permasteelisa’s Gartner manufacturing plant to be conjoined into five-by 12-foot panels before being sent off to New York City.
At the time of our last update in January, the majority of the marble paneling had been installed with the exception of the gap on the western elevation where the construction elevator was attached. Since then, the hoist has been dismantled and the void has been filled in.
Only the base and main staircase along the southern side of the performing arts center facing Fulton Street and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are awaiting completion. Work should progress on these elements over the next several months as interior construction continues.
The main rendering shows the bottom portion of the Ronald O. Performing Arts Center with a black enclosure, as opposed to previous iterations that had the same marble slabs covering the entire building from the sidewalk to the flat roof parapet. This new design will make the cubic portion appear to float above the street, an illusion that will be more prominent at night when the marble is illuminated.
It won’t be too long before the view below completely matches the depiction.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open sometime in 2023, as stated on site, though an exact date has yet to be announced.