Ribbon Cut at the BAM Fisher Building Today


Today Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Markowitz, BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, actor Jeremy Irons and a whole lot of others came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new BAM Fisher building. This building holds a small, flexible performance theater, workshop spaces, classrooms, offices and a rooftop garden over seven stories and 40,000 square feet. It is named after the BAM Endowment Trust Chairman Richard B. Fisher, who passed away in 2004. His wife Jeanne Donovan Fisher spoke to the crowd and cut the ribbon with Mayor Bloomberg. A few interesting facts brought up by the many speakers: This is the first LEED Gold Status theater in Brooklyn, half of the 60,000 construction hours were completed by minority workers and the project was finished on time and in budget. The first performance (part of the Next Wave Festival) in the space was last night. BAM Executive Producer Joseph Melillo called the theater “a dream come true.” Check out pictures of the ceremony and the interior after the jump. You can see more interior shots from this tour we took a few months ago. BAM will also hold a neighborhood block party and music concert at the new building on Saturday, Sept. 22. All the details are here.
The First Look Inside BAM’s New Fisher Building [Brownstoner]

 

The ribbon cutting.

 

The entryway.

 

The theater.

 

Check out the tension grid on the ceiling!

 

The lobby.

 

7 Comment

  • Great! Can’t wait to attend an event there.

  • This is wonderful for the dance and performance community! Thanks to the Fisher family for supporting the arts over the years.

  • A great space, and another feather in Brooklyn’s cap!

    Note to the writer of this story; his “late” wife speaking? Maybe channeling through a medium. ;-]

  • A great space, and another feather in Brooklyn’s cap!

    Note to the writer of this story; his “late” wife speaking? Maybe channeling through a medium. ;-]

  • minard

    Very nicely done. I love the way they restored the old Salvation Army building and I like the way the addition looks on top. It is clearly a two-layered building from two separate eras. I agree that this is another feather in brooklyn’s cap.

  • “60,000 construction hours were completed by minority workers and the project was finished on time and in budget. ”

    Thank God.. Can you be more specific.. I feel like we need to know exactly which minorities were doing the work. If it was Native Americans and Blacks that would be one thing but, if you are talking about Jews and Asians, well, that would make me less happy. Or like a Garden Variety Latino thing? I don’t know if that would make me as happy either..

    Please can we know more about the minorities. Or should we just be happy it wasn’t Whitey?

  • “60,000 construction hours were completed by minority workers and the project was finished on time and in budget. ”

    Thank God.. Can you be more specific.. I feel like we need to know exactly which minorities were doing the work. If it was Native Americans and Blacks that would be one thing but, if you are talking about Jews and Asians, well, that would make me less happy. Or like a Garden Variety Latino thing? I don’t know if that would make me as happy either..

    Please can we know more about the minorities. Or should we just be happy it wasn’t Whitey?