BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA,
SYMPHONY HALL

Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA,
SYMPHONY HALL

Designed by McKim, Mead & White, Symphony Hall is a National Historic Landmark and considered one of the top concert halls in the world. ABA partnered with the BSO on planning and renovations for the hall, and, to celebrate Symphony Hall’s Centennial, developed a master plan that established strategies for the hall’s renewal and its expansion to adjacent properties. The master plan identified needs for public, performance, education, and backstage facilities, celebrating the symphony’s distinguished tradition and reinstating its important role in the city while creating the future of 21st-century musical expression.

ABA has completed a series of renovation projects while preserving the renowned acoustics of the 2,500-seat concert hall. Projects include the restoration and expansion of the Massachusetts Avenue lobby; replacement of the stage floor; restoration of the clerestory windows; seating and platform renewal; and significant improvements to multipurpose spaces, orchestra dressing rooms, lounges, and corridors. Phased work on the hall was undertaken in a condensed summer schedule each year to accommodate performance schedules.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Project Team: Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Scott Aquilina AIA (ABA); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP / FP); Platt Byard Dovell (planning); Muckle & Associates (Window Restoration); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); Whitlock Architects (Food Service Consultants); Walsh Bros., Inc. (Contractor); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)