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Diamond and Schmitt chosen for new Denver symphony concert hall

Following an international competition, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and officials from the City and County of Denver announced that renowned Toronto architectural firm Diamond and Schmitt Architects has been chosen to lead the design of the Boettcher Concert Hall project. For this project Diamond and Schmitt Architects have partnered with Denver-based Oz Architecture, whose body of work includes the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, the new Denver Justice Center Detention Facility, and the Visual Arts Complex at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Principal Jack Diamond leads the design team that includes principal Gary McCluskie, and associates Michael Treacy and Matthew Lella, the same team that spearheaded the design of Toronto’s new opera house.

From an initial group of firms that included KPMB, Barton Myers, Bing Thom, Holzman Moss and Snohetta, Diamond and Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Oz Architecture was chosen from among six finalists who presented their design concepts at the end of June. The competing design teams included Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Grimshaw Architects, LMN Architects, David M. Schwarz, and Zeidler Partnership.

Built in 1978 and suffering from severe acoustical and accessibility issues, as well as major deterioration and a lack support space, Boettcher Concert Hall will undergo a re-design thanks to Denver voters who approved a $60 million bond initiative in November 2007. With an additional financial commitment of at least $30 million from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver’s new symphony center will provide the orchestra with an elegant and beautiful home that will include a state-of-the-art acoustical hall and dedicated spaces for public gatherings, educational offerings, artist dressing rooms, a music library, and rehearsal and office space. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2010.

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