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Washington, DC, 20005
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With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Filene Center at Wolf Trap

 

filene center at wolf trap national park

vienna, Virginia


The design objectives for the renovation and modernization of the File Center at Wolf Trap National Park were to provide a state-of-the-art performance venue for local, national, and international artists of all genres.

 

Opportunity

Located in America’s National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap’s Filene Center provides the Washington DC metropolitan area with an outdoor venue for world class performances in every genre. Operating in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), the Filene supports over 90 performances from late may through early September each year.  The Filene Center opened in 1971 and was designed to be in harmony with the idyllic setting of the National Park. A 1982 fire completely destroyed the original building which took two years to rebuild.  The current seating of the amphitheater is about 7000, half of which is under cover in the pavilion and the remainder on a lawn.

 

Creation

As part of an IDIQ contract with the US General Services Administration involving professional A / E services on projects with Historical Impact, M+J assembled a team of specialists to address improvements to the facility three decades after its reopening. This work, done with NPS and the operators of the facility, focused on the modernization of theatrical performance systems including lighting and sound as well as upgrades necessary due to the age of the facility.  The work was done to showcase rather than significantly alter the character defining features of the facility mostly composed of chemically treated fire-resistant wood construction.


Owner: gsa national capital region c/o hesham elzaiat

Completion: 2014

size: 75,000sf

 
 
 
 
 

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