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Fluor opened Orange County Performing Arts Center

Fluor Corp. announced that its construction and program management efforts on the breathtaking Cesar Pelli-designed Orange County Performing Arts Center, in Costa Mesa, Calif., has successfully led to the grand opening of that facility, Sept. 15, 2006. The expansion program encompasses a single-building, 250,000-square-foot addition, housing the 2,000-seat Henry and Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall and the complementary 500-seat Samueli Theater. A monumental exterior glass curtainwall showcases the dramatic atrium of the multi-level grand lobby, the gateway to such amenities as spacious reception areas, a private donor lounge and top-flight restaurant/banquet facilities. In addition, The Plaza -- a unifying outdoor venue -- will host a wide variety of presentations for up to 6,000 people.

Cesar Pelli & Associates, one of the world's signature design firms, served as the prime architect for the center. Pelli's perspective has been the creative force behind some of the most noteworthy structures to be found across the globe.

The building was designed from the inside out with the guidance of Russell Johnson, the internationally acclaimed acoustical engineer. Johnson's firm, Artec Consultants, integrates historical precepts from great European halls with innovative technologies that tailor acoustical parameters to the individual performances being presented.

Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair has called the hall the "Stradivarius of concert halls." The Pacific Symphony is the resident orchestra.

Construction began on Sept. 25, 2003. Fluor also provided pre-construction services including team organization, development strategies, construction cost estimating and program management.

During the 36-month construction, 36,000 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete was used, and 50,000 square feet of curved laminated glass was installed on the exterior wall. The project contains eight steel trusses, which topped off the facility in April 2005. The trusses range in length from 80 to 130 feet and weigh 60,000 to 85,000 pounds each. The foundation features 1,492 50-foot driven piles.

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