Concrete Hits All the High Notes for Concert Hall

Segerstrom-2Adjacent to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California, the $200-million complex includes the 2,000-seat Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and the 500-seat Samueli Theater.

The building was named after real estate developer Henry Segerstrom, who donated $40 million to the privately funded project in 2000, and the Samueli Foundation, which donated $10 million in 2001.

Concrete applications include almost five miles of cast-in-place concrete beams; elevated cast-in-place decks; radius stadium-style cast-in-place decks; shotcrete reverberation chamber doors; and 34-inch-diameter free-standing columns up to 60-feet tall.

This building also incorporates some encasement of structural steel beams and columns in concrete. Concrete mixes for the various applications include 13 separate design strengths from 2,500 psi up to 6,000 psi.

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association named the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater its 2007 project of the year. Each year, the group honors an outstanding project in Southern California with the award.


Project Designer:
Cesar Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli, New Haven, Connecticut

Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, California

Structural Engineer:
John A. Martin & Associates,  Los Angeles, California

General Contractor:
Fluor Enterprises, Irving, Texas

Concrete Subcontractor:
Largo Concrete, Campbell, California

Concrete Supplier:
National Ready Mixed Concrete, Encino, California