It’s one of the world’s largest sites for the performing arts. New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center is a 16.3-acre (6.6-hectare) cultural campus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that has been transformed through a recent $US1.2-billion redevelopment that modernized venues, facilities and public spaces, and connected them to the bustling city that surrounds it.

AECOM is providing program management services for the multiphase program to renovate and transform the world’s largest and most complex performing arts campus and home to twelve cultural institutions, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the Julliard School of Music. AECOM worked on Phases I and II of the project, as well as on the Atrium at Lincoln Center, which opened on Dec. 17, 2009.

The renovation effort includes the $850-million 65th Street Redevelopment Program, which will create a dynamic “Street of the Arts” along 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, uniting Lincoln Center with the surrounding urban landscape and encouraging the interaction of artists, students and the public.

Phase I included:

  • The 100,000-square-foot expansion of the Juilliard School;
  • The complete renovation of Alice Tully Hall (which re-opened in February 2009); and
  • The complete transformation of the North Plaza, including a new bosque, reflecting pool, and signature restaurant.

Phase II included:

  • Encompassing the $190-million Promenade Project, which focuses on the Josie Robertson Plaza, with its iconic central fountain;
  • New grand stairs, flanked by glass canopies, improvements to concourse spaces between venues and connection to nearby subway lines.

The $25-million David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center houses the main visitors’ center, ticketing facilities, a café, and a free performance space. The Atrium has applied to be the first LEED-certified, “green” building on the Lincoln Center campus, and features:

  • Two vertical gardens;
  • A floor-to-ceiling fountain;
  • A media wall with performance information, which also serves as a canvas for video presentations; and
  • 16 “occuli” lighting fixtures that bring natural light into the Atrium space.

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