Richard Slawson, LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, addressed the crowd regarding the importance of skilled labor working together on a massive, and elegant project such as the Segerstrom Hall.
Donn Hall, Chairman, Planning Commission for the City of Costa Mesa, reminisced of his days as a teen when most of Orange County was filled with farm land. He then provided historical insight into the development of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and how Renée and Henry Segerstrom’s support allowed the building and completion of the Center. Mr. Hall was extremely proud of the construction of the Concert Hall, and the cooperative achievement attained by government, developers, and labor.
Robert Medinger of Fluor Enterprises, Inc., the general contractor for Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, provided a visual presentation of the construction process from bare land to the finished product. His insights included the fact that at any given time; over 400 union craftsmen and women were on site working together to complete the award-winning Segerstrom Hall.
Michael Gordon, Chairman of the Board for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, then accepted the 2007 Q Award from Ms. Ackrich, for the remarkable development of the Segerstrom Hall. On behalf of the OC Performing Arts Center, Mr. Gordon thanked the AQC members for the award, and acknowledged the many union trades groups for their contribution to the magnificent structure.
The award recognizes the Center for its constructed 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall designed by Cesar Pelli. The new concert venue is part of The Center’s expanded facilities, which also includes the 500-seat multi-functional Samueli Theater and an education theater and lab. The Center’s new structure, along with South Coast Repertory theater and the site of a future visual arts building, create Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which is united to the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s original building by a 46,000-square-foot outdoor community plaza designed by Peter Walker & Partners. The new addition also features Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, a public restaurant, and a private donor room.
The AQC’s "Q Award" is given annually for outstanding contributions for quality construction within the building industry of Southern California. The winner is nominated and selected by the Alliance's membership from quality union construction projects completed in the previous year.
The Alliance's member union trades and contractors successfully constructed the Cesar Pelli designed concert hall, which features a graceful curved glass facade, multi-tiered atrium lobby, Portuguese limestone exterior, and broad exterior stone stairways. Inside the concert hall are graceful balconies constructed of compound plaster, an orchestra platform and walls finished in light Canadian maple, a soaring façade for the pipe organ finished in silverleaf, three massive acoustical canopies above the performance platform also finished in silver leaf and four acoustical chambers surrounding the hall painted in sky blue. The canopies and chambers are among the elements designed by Artec Consultants, Inc. that allow the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall to be adjusted to meet the precise acoustical specifications of musicians, conductors and music directors.
Members’ work can also be seen in the circular grand staircase featuring glass, silver metal, and Spanish granite. Additional features include the foyer ceiling designed by Francesca Bettridge and manufactured by Design Plan. It features Swarovski crystals with LED lighting and a chandelier comprised of 300 individually suspended pendants tipped with faceted Baccarat crystal globes.
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