AMMP – David Geffen Theater

Client: CMC – San Diego
Location: Los Angeles, California

Project Details: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, located on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax along Los Angeles’ Museum Mile, is a museum dedicated to exhibiting the art and science of movies. Scheduled to complete in 2020, the 300,000 square-foot facility will be the nation’s first, large-scale museum entirely dedicated to the art, science, craft, business, and history of movies. The museum will feature exhibits from the Academy’s collection of 12 million photographs and tens-of-thousands of posters, artifacts and other objects exhibiting the past, present and future of the movie industry. Visitors will have the feeling that they are in a movie in immersive exhibits.

The signature architectural jewel of this new museum is glass encased spherical structure known as the David Geffen Theater. Held aloft by plinths (columns), this globe-like structure will house a state-of-the-art 1,000 seat theater and will host a range of performances, screenings, premieres, and events with world’s leading filmmakers. Located atop the glass-covered sphere would be a glass-surrounded, but not fully enclosed, event space that would offer sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills. The whole structure is being built on tar-sand.

Scope of Work: DBM Vircon’s scope included providing both 2D and 3D/BIM rebar detailing of the complex sphere structure. All BIM work was done using TEKLA RBD-C program. What made the BIM detailing on this project especially challenging was the labyrinth of close concrete reinforcing in the belly slabs and transfer girders at the bottom of the sphere, the complex reinforcing layout in the spherical walls, trapezoidal columns, and the ring beams, and the circumferential bar layout with numerous openings in the dome slab.