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View from lawn at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Paying Homage to the Spirit of Woodstock


Gerry Foundation

Project Location

Bethel, NY


127,000 SF

Project Type

Amphitheater, museum, and event center

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts serves as an international cultural destination and performing arts center. Set among 2,000 pristine acres, including the original 37-acre Yasgur farm, the site served as the backdrop for the famed 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Designed to attract visitors from around the world, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts creates an environment that continues the original festival’s welcoming quality, celebrating and complementing the iconic rural landscape and corresponding event that gave a generation its name. The architecture makes use of vernacular forms and natural materials, most native to the region, in a way that feels both timeless and thoroughly new. Eighteen structures make up the complex and include an outdoor amphitheater, an open-air pavilion, and a museum and event center, as well as support facilities and extensive landscape and site interpretation. Sustainable engineering strategies were used to address the lack of infrastructure on the site, making use of geothermal systems in the museum / event center and addressing storm water management to reduce runoff. We provided architecture; electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering; audiovisual; museum planning; sustainability; and theater technical design services.

Design Awards

Bronze Award, 2007

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2010 Award for Outstanding Achievement

2010 Award for Outstanding Achievement

Engineering Excellence Award, 2006

Bethel Woods was honored in a national juried competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Best New Major Concert Venue, 2006

The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards honor those whose contributions most enhance and enrich the live music experience.

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