Jonathan Rose Companies
Orchestra of St. Luke's, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
New York, New York

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s is an organization of outstanding musicians whose purpose is to bring the beauty of music and the enlightened communication that is unique to music to as broad an audience as possible.  After serving as their planning and real estate advisor in a comprehensive site selection process for their new facility, Jonathan Rose Companies was engaged as their owner’s representative to manage the fit-out of the new space.

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, opened in March 2011, occupies half of a six-story building, located at 450 West 37th Street.  The Center provides a creative home for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the St. Luke’s Arts Education Program.  It also addresses the urgent needs of small-to-mid-size organizations and groups challenged by increasingly prohibitive real estate costs while trying to maintain their work and visibility in New York City.  After a comprehensive renovation of the two existing theaters, the 20,000-plus square foot facility boasts a large rehearsal hall with state-of-the-art recording and staging capabilities, a chamber orchestra rehearsal hall, one small chamber studio, two practice rooms, a musician lounge and café, a music resource center and library, and OSL’s administrative offices.

Orchestra of St.Luke’s shares the 450 West 37th Street building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Both organizations have worked together to create an environmentally sensitive environment for their respective organizations.  The building was awarded LEED Commercial Interiors Gold.



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Firm Role
Project Management - Site Selection & Design and Construction Management

Project Profile
20,000 s.f. LEED CI Gold-certified facility with five rehearsal and practice spaces along with an educational center, library and administrative offices.

Project Team
Architect: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC

Construction Management: Barr & Barr

MEP Engineer: ICOR Associates

Telecom, Data and Security Consultant:
The Clarient Group, LLC

Total Project Size / Budget
20,000 square feet / $37 million


Selected Awards

ENR/Best of 2011, National Culture/Worship Category, Winner, 2011

Contract Magazine Design Awards, Adaptive Reuse Category, Winner, 2011

Interior Design Best of Year Awards, Institutional Category, Finalist, 2011

Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award, Interior Architecture Category, 2011

ENR New York Construction Best of 2011, Culture/Worship Category Overall Winner

AIA NY State Award of Merit, Adaptive Reuse Category, 2011

AIA Tri-State (NY, NJ, PA) Design Award, Interior Architecture Category, 2011