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2004 Q Award Recipient

Walt Disney Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA – The 2004 Q Award was presented to the County of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. This was the second annual Q Award presentation, with last year’s recipient being the new Los Angeles Cathedral.

The annual Q Award is presented by the Alliance for Quality Construction, a Southern California construction trade organization consisting of building trade unions and contractor associations. Each year, the AQC selects an outstanding construction project typifying the integrity and excellence of union craftsmanship.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Disney Hall was commissioned in 1988 and completed in 2003. According to the Los Angeles Times, “[The hall] should be instantly included among the greatest public rooms in America.”

The Q Award luncheon held on Monday, June 14th, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall attracted nearly 200 government, business, and labor representatives including Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich, former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Southern California Building and Construction Trades Executive Secretary Richard Slawson, and President and CEO of the L.A. Music Center Stephen Rountree.

After a superb lunch by Patina, Gil Garcetti addressed the attendees not as a district attorney, but as a current full-time photographer. During construction of the Disney Hall, the daring ironworkers clambering over the curved steel of the concert hall skeleton intrigued Garcetti. He found himself compelled to photographically document the workers' strength, grace and skill. He documented his views of the Hall’s construction process with a new book of his photos entitled Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Attendees then witnessed a photo presentation by Sean Leonard, Senior V.P. in charge of project management for the recently constructed Disney Hall. Mr. Leonard shared many stories of his dealings and visions with the Disney Hall architect Frank Gehry, and the many union tradesmen who erected this American landmark.

Following Leonard’s presentation, the 2004 Q Award was presented to the County of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall. Accepting the award on behalf of the people of Los Angeles County was Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Mr. Yaroslavsky spoke about the many hurdles government, business, and labor had to overcome to create the Gehry masterpiece. He thanked the many people responsible for being steadfast in completing the arduous task of constructing a beautiful structure that could last hundreds of years.

“We are very proud of selecting the Disney Hall as this year’s Q Award recipient,” said Pam Ackrich, AQC’s Chairman. “After touring this fabulous facility, there is no question that the Disney Hall stands alone as a project that could not have been completed were it not for the skilled labor, expert management, government cooperation, and of course the vision of Frank Gehry,” says Ackrich.

Photo Gallery

Nearly 200 people attended the 2004 Q Award luncheon, sponsored by the Alliance for Quality Construction, held at the new Walt Disney Concert Hall..

L.A. County Supervisors Michael Antonovich (left), and Zev Yaroslavsky (right), with Pam Ackrich , AQC Chairman.

Former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti autographs his new photo book entitled Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall


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