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Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

SITE LOCATION
Downtown Seattle, on a city block bounded by Second & Third avenues and Union & University streets

TOTAL SITE COSTS
$118.1 million

SEATING CAPACITY
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium: 2,481
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall: 536

SQUARE FOOTAGE

189,750 sq. ft. — 
Building area
3,500 sq. ft. — 
Metro Tunnel/Second Avenue connection
147,000 sq. ft. — 
Parking Garage
22,000 sq. ft. — 
Garden of Remembrance
 

CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE
Design Unveiling: November 1995
Construction Start: May 1996
Opening: September 12, 1998

PRIMARY TENANTS & USES
Seattle Symphony
Regional Performing Arts Groups
National/International Touring Performers
Public, Corporate & Civic Organizations
Presentations, Gala Events, Concerts, Lectures,
Exhibitions, Meetings, Educational Activities,
Weddings, Graduations, Fashion Shows, and more

OWNER
City of Seattle

MANAGER
BH Music Center (affiliate org. of Seattle Symphony)

ARCHITECT
LMN Architects (Loschky, Marquardt & Nesholm), Seattle

Judsen Marquardt, FAIA
(Partner-in-charge)
Mark Reddington, AIA
 
(Design Partner)
James Cade, AIA
 
(Project Manager)

ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANT
Cyril M. Harris, Ph.D., New York

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
The Boeing Company, Seattle

James J. Nelson
(Executive Advisor)
Robert Wicklein, P.E.
 
(Project Director)
Andrew Clapham
 
(Project Manager)

GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Baugh Construction Co., Seattle
Blair Engle (Sr. Project Manager)

CONSULTANTS

Landscape Architecture
Murase Associates, Seattle
Electrical Engineer
 
Sparling, Seattle
Life Safety
 
Robert Pielow Associates, Lawrence, KS
Lighting (Architectural)
 
Horton Lees, San Francisco
Mechanical Engineer
 
Notkin Engineering, Seattle
Structural Engineer
 
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
(formerly Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire), Seattle
Theater
 
Theatre Projects Consultants, Ridgefield, CT
Vibration Isolation
 
Wilson Ihrig & Assoc., Inc., Oakland, CA
Interior Design
 
Terry Hunziker, Seattle

WATJEN CONCERT ORGAN
C.B. Fisk, Inc., Gloucester, MA, organ builder

WORKS OF ART
Robert Rauschenberg
Dale Chihuly
Doris Chase
Seattle Arts Commission –1% for Art Program
Anna Valentina Murch
Erin Shie Palmer
David Ruth
Michele Rushworth

AWARDS
2001 AIA National Honor Award
1999 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Honor Award
1999 Harry H. Edward Precast Concrete Award— Best Miscellaneous Structure
1999 Lumen West Award
1999 International Illumination Design Award of Merit
1999 Washington State Concrete and Aggregate Association—First Place
1999 Northwest & Pacific Region AIA Honor Award
1999 Excellence in Concrete Construction—Best of Show
1999 Excellence in Concrete Construction—Cast in Place Category
1999 ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor Award
1999 Consulting Engineering Council of Washington Award of Excellence
1998 Seattle Chapter AIA Award of Merit
1998 Northwest Construction Award for Best of Show