Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site

Tom Jaske
In October 2010, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation board voted to approve an allocation of $100 million to develop the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site.

The Performing Arts Center is part of the Master Plan for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and is expected to serve as a cultural anchor for Lower Manhattan.

"Our collective desire to put $100 million towards the development of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site makes clear that the cultural venue is a critical part of the ongoing revitalization of Lower Manhattan," said Mayor Bloomberg.

The new World Trade Center will provide downtown New York with a significant economic boost. As well as the Performing Arts Center, the World Trade Center plan includes five office towers; National September 11 Memorial & Museum; the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and a retail complex.

In 2004, the internationally renowned Joyce Theater was selected to be a prime tenant in the Performing Arts Center. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has worked closely with the Joyce Theater, the City of New York, the Port Authority and other stakeholders. The aim is to develop a design for a center capable of hosting a broad range of performing arts.

The conceptual design for the Performing Arts Center includes:

  • a 1000-seat theater
  • a secondary theater
  • rehearsal spaces
  • classrooms
  • a public café
  • outdoor plazas
  • administrative space.

Faithful+Gould was selected to provide program management, cost estimating and pre-construction services for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) and subsequently the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for the Performing Arts Center. This is in addition to the similar role we performed at the adjacent World Trade Center Memorial and Museum.

We have broad and varied experience in the arts and heritage sector. Our North America portfolio includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the Getty Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AK; US Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC; National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; American Museum of Natural History, New York, and Austrian Cultural Forum, New York.

Our global experience also includes the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum, U.K.; Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem; the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi; the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens.

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