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Cultural & Community

Resilient designs and flexible solutions that work – for today and tomorrow.

Cultural & Community At-A-Glance
Our Cultural & Community Portfolio 2,200+
Libraries In The United States 116,867
Museums Worldwide 55,000
Americans who attend at least one live music event per year 52%

Here's How

Cultural and community spaces offer limitless possibilities – for both function and design. They can enlighten, uplift, inspire or educate. And they can host any number of events, programs or exhibits. Our innovative, collaborative design approach fully embraces these possibilities and more, creating iconic, flexible structural centerpieces that enrich and transform their communities.

  • We get involved early – and stay involved throughout.
  • We ask the right questions – and listen to your answers – so that we fully understand your goals.
  • We work with owners, architects and contractors to ensure the best outcomes for all parties.
  • We respond quickly to questions and proactively solicit design team input to ensure early deliverables.
  • We focus on the big picture, recommending the right system for your building and developing innovative designs that optimize its functionality, all while minimizing costs.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery Extension in Buffalo, New York. Thornton Tomasetti
Louisiana Children's Museum at City Park in New Orleans. Courtesy Louisiana Children's Museum
The Shed in Manhattan. Thornton Tomasetti
Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Thornton Tomasetti
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thornton Tomasetti
Vessel in Manhattan. Thornton Tomasetti
Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News
The Harlem Fire Watchtower in Manhattan. Lynn Lieberman photo
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas. David Woo/MAMFW
Central Synagogue restoration in Manhattan. Courtesy Panorama


You can count on us to keep your performance and aesthetic goals in sight. With more than 70 years of experience – and thousands of completed projects – we understand cultural and community buildings inside and out. Our portfolio goes beyond just concert halls, performing arts centers, theaters and opera houses. It runs the gamut from museums and museum installations, monuments and public sculptures to libraries and houses of worship, aquariums, visitor centers, community centers and more. Our teams draw on creativity and technology from across the firm to meet all your building’s needs, not just in structural engineering, but in protective design, sustainability, security and resilience.

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News & Resources

Press Releases

The Shed Employs GoGuide™ Solution In Safe Reopening Strategy
March 16, 2021
The Shed, the flexible arts center at the intersection of Hudson Yards and Chelsea on Manhattan’s West Side, has implemented GoGuide™, a comprehensive technology solution for safe, secure visitor reentry, as part of its reopening strategy.

Project Updates

Arter Debuts in Istanbul
October 02, 2019
A new contemporary art gallery, which opened in September 2019, is turning heads in Istanbul.

Media Mention

Explore The New Aquarium
April 24, 2018
The new state-of-the-art aquarium will host many of the same exhibits from the North Pacific Aquarium, including the Puget Sound native species and Jammin' with Jellies.

Project Updates

Vessel Structure Tops Out
January 03, 2018
Since starting construction in April 2017, the Vessel interactive structure at New York’s Hudson Yards Development has grown from its 50-foot diameter base to a final height, and width, of 150 feet.