Filene Center at Wolf Trap
filene center at wolf trap national park
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.
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.
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.