Steel assembly work is now complete on the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center with the installation of the final beam this past week at the Financial District site. Designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as the executive architect and developed by an independent non-profit company called The Perelman, the 138-foot-tall cubic performance space stands at the northern end of the original 16-acre World Trade Center complex, bound by Greenwich Street to the east, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill‘s One World Trade Center to the west.
Photographs show the significant progress since YIMBY’s update back in early January. The steel assembly has many layers from the outer shell to the framing of the individual theater spaces.
The dense layers of enormous steel columns, beams, and deep trusses are an incredible sight, and its scale is difficult to grasp without the context of construction workers or passing pedestrians. Most of the steel is an earthly red color, while some smaller components are painted white. Steel plates have been welded across and within the structure, filling the cubic void that stood as a hollow shell since topping out last summer. While work on the signature white marble façade has not commenced yet, we can assume that the framework that will support it could begin to be installed in the coming months.
Previously renderings depict the cladding warmly illuminated at nighttime.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center will contain a total of three main sections: the Public Level on the bottom, the Performer Level in the middle, and the Play Level on top, with a total of 11 different venue arrangements. The facility’s main entrance will be accessed via staircase tucked underneath a cantilevering corner that will provide nice views of the World Trade Center complex, as seen in the rendering below.
A final completion date for the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center has not been announced, but YIMBY estimates sometime closer to the end of the year or early 2022 at the latest.