Carnegie Hall Underground Expansion
The versatile 599-seat auditorium, Zankel Hall is named in honor of the generosity of the late Carnegie Hall Vice Chairman Arthur Zankel and his wife, Judy. Construction required nearly 6,500 cubic yards of rock removal through a small opening in the Seventh Avenue sidewalk. Rock removal was accomplished while Carnegie Hall remained open for rehearsals and performances, with a busy subway line just 9 feet away.
MRCE served as the geotechnical and foundation engineer, and performed a subsurface investigation, designed underpinning and new foundations for the existing structure, and managed rock face support.