Construction Set to Begin on CWRU Maltz Performing Arts Center Renovation & Addition}
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Construction Set to Begin on CWRU Maltz Performing Arts Center Renovation & Addition

In 2015 the historic Temple-Tifereth Israel synagogue was transformed into the Maltz Performing Arts Center a 1,200-seat concert hall at Case Western Reserve University. The next phase of the conversion, an addition to be built on the north side of the temple, will house CWRU’s programs in theater, music, and dance, transferring those from the main campus.

The new addition will include faculty offices, costume and scene shops, a 250-seat proscenium theater, a 100-seat studio theater, and a lobby with entrances off East 105th Street and Ansel Road.

All design elements were specifically planned to defer visually to the original temple building and the beautiful gold-tiled dome of the temple itself. The limestone panels of the addition were chosen to match the limestone of the original temple with the other areas of the addition facade sheathed in glass. The stage house for the new 250-seat theater will be cladded in darker zinc panels and as the highest part of the addition, it is located farthest away from the temple dome so as not to compete visually with the original temple.

Construction on the project begins early January 2020, with completion scheduled in time for the start of Fall classes in 2021.

Construction will be managed by Turner Construction Company Cleveland. Akron Rebar Company will supply, fabricate and install all structural steel to the project which includes 88 tons of intricate structural caissons under contract to McKinney Drilling and 116 tons of rebar & 75,000 square feet of structural wire mesh bringing the structure out of the ground under contract to Cleveland Cement Co.

“This is an exciting project for us” states Jack Widmer Director of Sales and Marketing at Akron Rebar Company. “It underlines the level of trust that our construction allies have in our expertise, and professionalism. “We are proud to be involved with them in the construction of this stunning structure, one that is ensured to continue to be an iconic Ohio venue for generations to come”

All renderings of the Maltz Performing Arts Center expansion, designed by DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky

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Jack W. Widmer
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