Omaha Performing Arts is known as an exceptional venue for high quality performance and entertainment. Walter P Moore is offering a multidisciplinary approach by providing structural and enclosure engineering for the new campus expansion to the existing center. The project is led by design architects Ennead, who designed the existing Holland Center of the Performing Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. The new campus expansion includes the Holland Addition — a three-story, curtain-wall clad education and rehearsal space connected to the existing zinc- and glass-clad building — and a Live Music Venue across the street which includes a courtyard to host outdoor performances and events.The project will provide high acoustical performance, tall spans, and an ambitious use of space. Collaboration with the architect to provide a cohesive approach has been imperative in order to best respond to ongoing developments for programmatic aspirations and budget constraints. An example of this collaboration is how the team coordinated with the architect to marry the technical realities of the curtain wall wind girts and exposed girder trusses with a harmonized design aesthetic. Through close communication and visualizations, coordination within the design team has helped pushed project development even while juggling these constraints.
The addition and expansion will provide high quality educational entertainment offerings to a diverse audience. The new venue provides the community with expanded offerings for local performing arts organizations in addition to touring performances. The facility is slated to open for opening in early 2023 with a standing audience of 1,500-3,000 people.