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The Levitt Pavilion / WRT - Wallace Roberts & Todd

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National Conservatory / AAU ANASTAS

  • Architects: AAU ANASTAS
  • Location: Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
  • Architect In Charge: Elias Anastas
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mikaela Burstow, Simon Bauchet

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AIA Pennsylvania awards Spillman Farmer Architects for ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

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The American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter has awarded a Silver Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to Spillman Farmer Architects for their highly successful ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania, the dynamic performing arts, media and cultural center has served as an anchor for the revitalization effort in the City of Bethlehem that is transforming the once-abandoned historic industrial core into a dynamic, sustainable and livable mixed-use community. The 200-foot industrial ruins towering above the ArtsQuest Center is part of the country’s largest privately-owned brownfield. AIA jurors praised the project saying, “The design captures the energy and utilitarian beauty that the best of the industrial revolution once offered. At the same time it demonstrates the power that a truly successful marriage of architecture and program can exert in bringing new purpose and hope to the most abandoned parts of our community.” Continue reading after the break for more information and images.

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The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks / Spillman Farmer Architects

  • Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Location: Bethlehem, PA, USA
  • Architect: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Steel Stacks Plaza Design Team: Wallace Roberts & Todd / Artefact / L’Observatoire
  • Project Team: Barry Pell, AIA, Managing Principal; Joseph N. Biondo, AIA, Design Principal; Michael Metzger, AIA, Project Architect; William Deegan, Senior Designer; Wayne Stitt, AIA; Christa Kraftician, AIA, LEED AP; Charles Shoemaker, AIA; Salvatore Verrastro, AIA, FCSI; Brian Brandis, AIA; Joanne Titcomb IIDA; Deirdre Kwiatek PhD; Randy Galiotto; Patrick Ruggerio; Sierra Krause; Joseph Balsamo; Clint Newton; Deborah Innis; Mark Piell; Elliot Nolter; Chris Connors; Mike Savage.
  • Mep Engineer: Brinjac Engineering
  • Structural Engineer: Barry Isett & Associates
  • Acoustic Consultant: Acoustic Dimensions
  • Landscape Architect: Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Civil Engineer: French & Parrello Associates
  • Food Service Consultant: Porter Khouw Consulting
  • Commissioning Consultant: The Stone House Group
  • Specifications Consultant: Conspectus
  • Plaza Fire Sculpture: Colombo Construction Corp. - Elena Columbo
  • Client: ArtsQuest
  • Construction Manager: Alvin H. Butz
  • Owners Consultant (Audio/Visual): AVI-SPL
  • Owner Consultant (Cinema): Full Aperture Systems
  • Owners Consultant (Food Service): Singer Equipment Company
  • Owners Consultant (Sculpture): The Glass Studio at the Banana Factory
  • Owners Consultant (Communications): Convergent Communications
  • Owners Consultant (Furniture): Corporate Facilities
  • Owners Consultant (Retail): Vori Kriaris Retail Design & Store Planning
  • Construction Cost: $17.3 M
  • Area: 68000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of spillman farmer architects

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Bethlehem Steel Brownfield Site Becomes a New Performing Arts Center

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Situated on the former Bethlehem Steel brownfield site the newly designed ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks has transformed an industrial site and inspired a community. A unique hybrid project of old and new, the building’s 67,000 sqf will feature a 450-seat venue for live performances and a two-screen state of the art cinema. “The design grew from the profoundly meaningful history of place here,” said Joseph N. Biondo AIA, Spillman Farmer Architects‘ Design Principal. “The Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces are iconic – they are America’s historic ruins. The arts center is deeply inspired by this former industrial site and the lives that were lived here.  We wanted the building to make a compelling statement about the future of the arts and community here in Bethlehem. This project evolved from the energy generated by the friction of past and future, the human spirit that fueled the American industrial revolution, and the elegance of a finely crafted music box.” The new Performing Arts Center by Spillman Farmer Architects will host a special dedication ceremony tomorrow Thursday, April 14th. A video and further construction photographs of this project following the break.

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Bethlehem Steel Site / Spillman Farmer Architects

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