Strathmore Music Center, North Bethesda, MD
The Music Center at Strathmore serves as the cultural heart of Montgomery County, MD and hosts performances and educational programs by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Washington Performing Arts, CityDance, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, and Levine School of Music. More than 125,000 people attend Strathmore programs annually, and over 65,000 community members attend Strathmore’s free programs.
MGAC was selected to deliver a $10 million expansion and renovation of the existing building. The renovation encloses the outdoor Bou Terrace, moves and rebuilds the existing curtainwall, and addresses patron mobility with the addition of an escalator descending from the building’s main Promenade level to the Orchestra level.
The addition adds 200 seats for pre-concert dining, and presents new possibilities for rentals, meetings, and performances. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels recess, opening fully to the outside, where patrons can enjoy generous balcony space and a permanent sculptural exhibition. Placement of the escalator required the careful relocation and phasing of a restroom, as well as the entrance to a private lounge. The project was completed in time for the Music Center’s 15th anniversary season.