Updates

Updates on the REACH:

  • Interior Ceiling Design

    Feb 21, 2018, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    Construction has progressed rapidly, giving our patrons a sneak peek at the future silhouette of the Kennedy Center campus. Recently seen on the Center’s Expansion Cam, carpenters have completed the ceiling forms for Studio A, the largest studio in the REACH. To ensure a perfect product, the team created many mock-up ceiling forms for their “saw tooth” design. The unique shape of these ridges will diffuse sound throughout the concrete ceiling while adding structural strength.
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  • Announcing the REACH! And defining its purpose.

    Dec 20, 2017, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    When approaching the Kennedy Center from Memorial Bridge or along the Potomac River on the footpath from Georgetown or the National Mall, the view of swiveling cranes and newly pitched walls gives an exciting glimpse of the fast-changing landscape on the most western edge of the District.
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  • Spherical Void Formers

    Oct 26, 2017, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    On the B Level (the ground floor for most of the project), all of the underlying site utilities are finished and nearly every wall is complete. While work proceeds on the site, the project team also continues to perfect the white, board-formed concrete that is used to construct the three pavilions, such as the Skylight Pavilion.
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  • Crinkle concrete work continues

    Aug 30, 2017, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    The construction site is undergoing a drastic transformation. Beyond the installation of more underlying infrastructure and the emergence of internal and external building framework, the uniquely crafted crinkle concrete, a textured and acoustically-sound material designed specifically for the walls of the expansion, is visible from the surrounding area.
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  • Ben Folds: Composing the Expansion

    Jun 3, 2017, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    As part of Sound Health in Concert: Music and the Mind,the National Symphony Orchestra took to the stage with composer Ben Folds. His task: write and compose a song in ten minutes and then perform it, unrehearsed, in front of a live audience.
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  • Breaking down barriers between artist and audience

    May 24, 2017, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    At the end of February, there was a significant concrete pour to lay the foundation for the three pavilions. As of the beginning of May, the pavilions are starting to rise and visibly take shape. Seeing forms coming out of the ground inspires the artistic and educational programming teams to explore even more fully the many ideas surrounding activating the expansion.
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  • SOE’s, T-cranes, and Crinkle Concrete: Construction progress and special features

    Feb 14, 2017, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    In December, the Kennedy Center hit a major milestone for the expansion project. A second tower crane (t-crane) was erected on the west side of the jobsite. The new tower crane is shorter than the first, but has a larger boom (horizontal part of the crane that carries the load). Both tower cranes are being used primarily by the concrete subcontractor to move reinforcing steel (more commonly known as “rebar”—short for reinforcing bar), formwork, and concrete efficiently across the large site.
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  • What's a VMU?

    Oct 24, 2016, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    The Center has also received all of the necessary regulatory approvals for the pedestrian bridge and ramp that will connect us to the Rock Creek Paved Recreation Trail and, by extension, other presidential memorials along the National Mall.
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  • Piling driving continues, and pedestrian bridge approvals are underway

    Apr 11, 2016, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    The test piles (steel I-beams that are pounded down into the bedrock to support the building) were successfully installed, and now real pile driving has begun. To-date, 35% out of 520+ piles have been installed.
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  • Demolition on-site is complete and the Expansion Cam makes its debut

    Jan 21, 2016, 10:00 AM by The Kennedy Center
    To give a round-the-clock view of construction progress, the Center has added an Expansion Cam—a live feed of the construction site!
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