Continuing our Services on the World Trade Center Site Projects

Mike LePostollec
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the mayor’s office recently extended Faithful+Gould’s contract to provide program management services for the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center (PAC).

This service is in addition to the similar role we performed at the adjacent World Trade Center Memorial and Museum.

Tom Jaske, senior vice president, commented, "For the past nine years, Faithful+Gould has been honored to serve the city of New York through our work on the World Trade Center site. The PAC is a special project that we have the unique opportunity to lead from inception to completion. We rarely get to play role in the inception of a civic project."

In 2004, the original master plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center site included a Performing Arts Center to serve the local residents and visitors. This new phase will refine the design to meet the vision of the Board and executive director of the newly formed not-for-profit organization created to design, build and operate the new center. The new image will be the vocal point of the center’s fundraising campaign, which will begin this year.

For the past nine years, Faithful+Gould has been honored to serve the city of New York...

Tom Jaske, Faithful+Gould's Senior Vice President

The center’s 800-seat, column-free theater will provide opportunities for young directors, choreographers, writers and composers to create and show innovative works. In addition to the large theater, the new Performing Arts Center will include a flexible black box theater that seats 200, multipurpose rehearsal studios, a performance-based restaurant/café and a donor room. A main building and associated lobby are included in the scope of work.

New York City currently has no other state-of-the-art performing arts center of this kind. The building is designed by architect Frank Gehry, recipient of the 1989 Pritzker Architect Prize and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Gehry also designed the Beekman Tower, IAC Building and New Signature Theater complex, all in New York City. Gehry and Associates are one of a ten-firm team subcontracted to Faithful+Gould for the early design of the center.

Construction of the PAC’s below grade structure is currently underway and is located in the northern portion of the World Trade Center site, approximately 60 feet east of Tower 1. The building is expected to be completed in 2019.