Originally designed in 1928 and regarded by many as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, Severance Hall underwent a two-year, $36 million renovation and expansion to restore the hall's original detailing, expand its patron amenities and services, retain and enhance its legendary acoustics and update its performance and support spaces to once again provide a state-of-the-art home for the Cleveland Orchestra and preserve Severance Hall's acclaimed beauty and architectural integrity.
The building interior and exterior were restored to their original grandeur, and the hall's acoustics were retained and enhanced. Project challenges included replacing and updating equipment in small, tight spaces without disturbing the building's architectural beauty or acoustic integrity.
MEP project highlights included installation of an HVAC system within the new 39,000-SF addition and providing air-conditioning within the performance platform and Grand Foyer, increasing electrical services for the entire facility and doubling the number of plumbing fixtures throughout the building.
Severance Hall provides a venue for concerts, rehearsals, meetings and gala events and its architectural significance has been recognized by both local and national preservation societies.