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The Kennedy Center of Washington, D.C., a performing arts center that brings in two million people every year, announced its plans to begin a $100 million project.
Architect Steven Holl is the designer of the project for the 42-year-old center that includes new space for classrooms and rehearsal facilities for educational programs. The designer plans to connect the theater venue with D.C.’s public waterfront.
The privately-funded plan includes a stage on the Potomac River. The expansion will add 60,000 sq. ft. of space to the center.
David Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy Center, will break the record for the largest donation to the center with $50 million for the expansion.
Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, told The Washington Post, “He has funded programming in many ways, and now also a physical structure."
The Kennedy Center is both a performing arts venue and a tribute memorial to President John F. Kennedy.
Kaiser told Bloomberg News, “This expansion will give us a real education center, a video wall where people can see performances happening in the center and a garden where they can wander and enjoy themselves.”