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.

Location

Cleveland, OH  

 

Client  

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation

 

Architect

PAU Studio