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]