Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Expansion & Renovation
The 143,000-sf (13,000-sm) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is currently undergoing a significant expansion and renovation, representing a combined 86,100-sf (8,000-sm). LERA was the structural engineer for the original Rock Hall facility, designed with I.M. Pei in 1995 which contains exhibition space, a cantilevered auditorium, a disc jockey booth, office space, a museum shop, a café and outdoor terrace and a public plaza. The new addition building will be made of galvanized steel and will include a rooftop deck overlooking Lake Erie.
The original design combines geometric forms and cantilevered spaces, including 50,000 sf (4,600 sm) of exhibition space beneath a soaring “glass tent” spanning 260 ft (80-m), which engages an 8-story, 165-ft (50-m) tower containing the Hall of Fame.
On the lakeside, the tower meets the water, requiring construction of concrete caps poured over steel piles that extend into the bedrock. The 125-seat Foster Theater cantilevers 65 ft (20 m) out from the tower over the surface of Lake Erie, 60 ft (18 m) above the lake’s surface.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation