Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's
Bradley Symphony Center
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, named the Bradley Symphony Center. Our team worked with the owner, consultant and design team to coordinate all historic restoration construction and building trades. In collaboration with all trades, we analyzed each part of the project to ensure we selected the right product at the right price point.
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.
- State-of-the-art Acoustics
- Practice Rooms
- Dressing Rooms
- Instrument Storage
- 1,650-seat Orchestra Level + Balcony Occupancy Capacity
- 150-seat Chorus Riser Capacity on Stage Behind Orchestra
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Bradley Symphony Center | Awards and Media NEWS
Orchestrating a classic - Bradley Symphony Center: Best Renovation - Hospitality / Project of the Year | Milwaukee Business Journal 05.12.2022
MSO project a huge boost to downtown Milwaukee: Real Estate Awards |Milwaukee Business Journal 05.12.2022
ASID Wisconsin Honors Kahler Slater with Platinum Award | Kahler Slater and ASID Wisconsin 05.02.2022
2021 Historic Restoration Award Winner Announced | The Wisconsin Historical Society 02.2022
2021 BUILD Wisconsin Awards Winning Entries Announced | Associated Construction Publications 08.16.2021
MILWAUKEE, WI — The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin announces the winning entries for the 2021 BUILD Wisconsin Awards. Entries were evaluated by a panel of judges assembled by the AGC of Colorado and were based upon four primary criteria: sustainable practices, craftsmanship, innovation, and meeting difficult challenges.
Historical Preservation Award • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, C.D. Smith
General Contractor - Commercial Projects - Renovation • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, C.D. Smith
C.D. Smith Construction's Corporate Office was a winner in General Contractor - Commercial Projects - New Construction.
Read the announcement from Associated Construction Publications to see the full list of this year's winning entries, consisting of projects completed in either 2019 or 2020.
See the projects that won AIA Wisconsin Design Awards | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 08.23.2021
American Institute of Architects Wisconsin recognized eight building projects in its annual design awards program. The Bradley Symphony Center of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, designed by Kahler Slater, was selected to receive an Honor Award for overall design excellence.
Go to the August 23, 2021 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article to see all eight building projects recognized by AIA Wisconsin.
The 2021 Design Award Winners | AIA Wisconsin 08.23.2021
Eight building projects were recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2021 Design Awards program of AIA Wisconsin. All projects were by AIA Wisconsin architect members. Out of 46 entries, four projects were awarded the Honor Award, which is the highest recognition. Two projects received Merit Awards and two received Honorable Mention.
The Bradley Symphony Center of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, designed by Kahler Slater, was selected to receive one of four prestigious Honor Awards. A nationally distinguished jury from outside of Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects.
Design Architect: Christopher Ludwig, AIA, Kahler Slater (790 N. Water St, Suite 1700; Milwaukee, WI 53202)
The Bradley Symphony Center celebrates historic architecture. The original Warner Grand Theater was a movie palace that provided a luxurious escape from reality by blending French Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Closed in 1995, the theater remained unused and deteriorating until the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) restored and expanded the facility for revitalizing downtown Milwaukee.
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Kahler Slater's design of the C.D. Smith Construction Headquarters in Fond du Lac, WI was one of two architects and projects selected to receive Merit Awards.
To view details of C.D. Smith Construction's Corporate Office and the other winning projects, go to the full article by AIA Wisconsin with all of the 2021 Design Award Winners.
Wisconsin Historical Society Announces 2021 Board of Curators Award Winners | Wisconsin Historical Society 07.06.2021Historic Restoration Award – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for the restoration of the Warner Art Deco skyscraper.
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About C.D. Smith
C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and self-performing trade services combined with technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through construction. With veteran leadership and a dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.
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