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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Historic Building Renovation of Warner Grand Theatre and Modern Addition for the New Bradley Symphony Center



C.D. Smith Construction Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Warner Grand Theatre Historic Restoration Construction and New Building Addition Project Updates as the Bradley Symphony Center becomes MSO's New Home

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Warner Grand Theatre


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Project Details

LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI | SIZE: 202,000 sq ft | COMPLETED: 2020 | CLIENT: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | ARCHITECT: Kahler Slater | INDUSTRY: Arts + Entertainment | DELIVERY METHOD: C.D. Smith Construction Manager

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Project Description

C.D. Smith provided Preconstruction, Construction Management and General Contracting services for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to convert the Warner Grand Theatre into its new performance center. Our team worked with the Owner, consultant and design team to coordinate all building trades. In collaboration with all trades, we analyzed each part of the project to ensure we were selecting the right product at the right price point.

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The stage expansion included the raising of the existing proscenium beam, new performance stage, chorus seating behind the performance, new rigging and theatrical lighting. The south addition consists of grade A multipurpose and pre-function spaces for events. The north addition houses the functions of the theatre. The space includes loading docks, service elevators, mechanical rooms, instrument storage and other functional pieces of the Symphony. The office tower renovation consists of a 12 story tower that will house the MSO offices, music library, and chorus warm-up area.

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Features Include

  • State-of-the-art Concert Hall
  • Historic Restoration of 1930s Theater, Lobby and Concourses
  • Acoustic Design + Adjustable Acoustic Panels
  • Practice Rooms
  • Dressing Rooms
  • Instrument Storage
  • 1,650-seat Orchestra Level + Balcony Occupancy Capacity
  • 150-seat Chorus Riser Capacity for Onstage Seating
  • New Two-story Addition with Entrance + Reception Area

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Historic Wall Move | Renovations, Additions and Historic Restoration Construction Details

 

The Historic Wall Move | A Challenge of Massive Proportions: 86' x 100' 625 Ton Wall (That's 1.25 Million Pounds!) Netting 2,223 PSF

When a crew works together and stays focused as a team, they can accomplish amazing feats, like moving a 625-ton historic wall 35 feet. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra historic wall move is an achievement of engineering, but also an accomplishment of a crew staying focused and ensuring everyone thinks safe and works safely.⁣⁣

The Challenge:
Move an 86’ x 100’ wall 35’ while keeping the wall intact and preserving the original 1932 steel frame, cream city brick infill and terracotta cladding... in busy downtown Milwaukee.

TIMELAPSE: Historic Grand Theater Wall Move

C.D. Smith worked with the design team, wall move contractor and civil engineers to carefully devise a plan for the wall move. The wall was moved using 4 hydraulic rams powered by a unified hydraulic jacking machine linked together in unified pressure. A total of 24 jacks on 6 main beams lifted the wall. The wall move bracing and support steel weighed 125 tons, equal to 20% of the wall’s weight. Watch the embedded videos to see the team in action!

Behind the Historic Wall Move with C.D. Smith Project Executive Cory Henschel

It took years of planning to successfully complete the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's historic wall move. A feat like this simply could not have been possible without the collaboration of an amazing team of experts.

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Pictured Above: Exterior View of Results of Historic Wall Move to Expand the Stage for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

 

Media NEWS

Bradley Symphony Center among 2021 Mayor's Design Award winners | Milwaukee Business Journal 06.07.2021

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At Last, We Can Say It: Welcome! | Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra YouTube Channel 05.25.2021


Inside the Herculean Task to Build the MSO's New Home | Milwaukee Business News 04.26.2021

Milwaukee's New Bradley Symphony Center | Milwaukee Business News 04.26.2021

See the MSO's Bradley Symphony Center before it officially opens Saturday: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal 04.07.2021

Bradley Symphony Center to open to in-person audience for the first time this weekend | BizTimes 04.06.2021

First Look: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Bradley Symphony Center | OnMilwaukee 03.25.2021

After Four Years Of Renovation, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Ready To Unveil Its New Home | WUWM 89.7 Lake Effect Segments 03.09.2021

Milwaukee Symphony opens new concert hall without an audience, but with hope for the future | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 02.02.2021

Progress report: MSO's Bradley Symphony Center nears completion | OnMilwaukee 11.17.2020

See latest progress as seats installed at MSO's Warner Grand Theatre: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal 11.15.2020

See latest progress as seats installed at MSO's Warner Grand Theatre: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal 10.15.2020

See latest progress of historic renovation of Grand Theatre by MSO: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal 09.22.2020

Flood Delays Opening of Bradley Symphony Center | Urban Milwaukee 09.11.2020

Symphony Installs Recreation of Original Warner Blade Sign | OnMilwaukee 05.11.2020

Symphony Hangs New Sign | Urban Milwaukee 05.10.2020

Symphony Center To Get New Sign This Weekend | Urban Milwaukee 05.06.2020

Inside the Bradley Symphony Center | Urban Milwaukee 02.14.2020

Milwaukee Symphony's new home will be called the Bradley Symphony Center | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 02.13.2020

Symphony’s New Home Takes Shape | Urban Milwaukee 01.17.2020

Milwaukee Symphony's new concert hall combines old movie house, new additions and 'Harry Potter' whimsy | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10.16.2019

MSO raises more than $120 million for theater restoration, future operations | Milwaukee Business Journal 10.16.2019

Wall move Time-lapse video | MSO Backstage 08.14.2019

Symphony Moves a 625-Ton Wall | Urban Milwaukee 08.13.2019

Former Grand Theatre's 625-ton wall is about to be moved -- slowly -- to create MSO's new concert hall | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 08.02.2019

One of Milwaukee’s last movie palaces getting new life | WUWM, Bubbler Talk 06.07.2019

Milwaukee’s crumbling cultural assets | BizTimes 04.29.2019

MSO’s Warner Grand Theater renovation reveals long-hidden features | Milwaukee Business Journal 12.19.2018

Full Speed Ahead on Symphony Project | Urban Milwaukee 09.07.2018

Symphony Breaks Ground on New Hall | Urban Milwaukee 06.21.2018

Symphony’s Grand Theatre Plan Moves Forward | Urban Milwaukee 05.08.2018

Restoration of Milwaukee's Warner Grand Theatre to Break Ground | The Architect's Newspaper 05.07.2018

Committee Okays Symphony Plan for Grand Theatre | Urban Milwaukee 05.01.2018

Committee Okays Symphony Plan for Grand Theatre | Urban Milwaukee 05.01.2018

Milwaukee money for Bon-Ton, MSO Grand Theatre renovation approved | Milwaukee Business News 02.07.2017

City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades | Urban Milwaukee 02.01.2017

Symphony Move Huge for Downtown | Urban Milwaukee 12.20.2016

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The New Bradley Symphony Center

Warner Grand Theatre

 Frequently Asked Questions
Linked to Answers on MSO Website

Why does the MSO need a dedicated symphony hall?
Why can't the MSO stay at its current venue?
When will the Warner Grand Theater open?
What will the patron experience be like?
Does this mean you have raised all the funds necessary to complete construction?
How much do you have left to raise?
Are donor benefits and naming opportunities available?
Where will we park at the Warner Grand Theater?
How many seats are in the Warner Grand Theater?
When will I be able to select my seats?

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