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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

(1990 Original Structure and the 2009 Expansion/ Renovation)
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center For The Performing Arts

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has consistently ranked in the top six amphitheaters in the world for the last three years based on ticket sales according to Pollstar magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication.

The Center serves as the summer home for the Houston Symphony. It also offers a wide variety of performances including musicals, ballet, rock and other programs. The expansion includes 3,908 new covered seats bringing its covered seating capacity to 6,387 and total capacity to 16,040. The expansion project began in December 2008, after Hurricane Ike winds sent debris shredding the 20-year-old original fabric tensile roof. The structural steel supports and stage house remained intact.

The new teflon coated fiberglass roof covers an area of 71,400 sq. ft.. That is an increase from the original area of 27,000 sq. ft. Its original structure consists of three tent like units suspended from steel A-frames. The expansion added three more tent like A-frames in a radial pattern from the stage


Location: Woodlands, Texas Project Cost: $8 million (Original Structure),
$9.5 million expansion/renovation.
Completion Date: April 1990 (Original Structure),
April 2009 Renovated/Expansion
Owner: The Woodlands Corporation

Architectural Design & Engineering:
Original Structure - Horst Berger Partners, Cons. Eng., New York
Expansion/Renovation – Horst Berger with De Nardis Engineering, LLC, NY and Walter P. Moore, Houston