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Project Spotlight: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, FL)

WGI led the renovation of the iconic Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in downtown West Palm Beach, offering a full spectrum of services to enhance the iconic facility.
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Located on the Northwest corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and Sapodilla Avenue, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a preeminent cultural destination that welcomes more than 500,000 guests and hosts 1,400 events annually.

The Kravis Center is situated on a 10.6-acre plot of land on the main thoroughfare entering the City of West Palm Beach and includes a 1,100 space parking garage. 

Front of Kravis Center
The design includes a new water feature with enhanced signage to reflect the curvature of the building.

WGI’s planning, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, civil engineering, & transportation planning services spearheaded the renovation of the complex, focusing on enhancing its overall appearance and making it better suitable for accommodation.

The reconfiguration of the Dreyfoos Hall drop-off and valet for the Cohen Pavilion, which includes the new bus drop-off area, new access/entry off of Okeechobee Boulevard, and improved pedestrian access between the Cohen Pavilion and Dreyfoos Hall were the priorities for our team of experts.

We were also tasked with addressing problems, such as vehicle-focused entrances, which provided little to no pedestrian connectivity from the street, and the large fountain on the southeast corner, which served as a barrier preventing patrons from accessing the plaza area in front of Dreyfoos Hall.

Kravis Center above view
Pedestrians now access the site directly where a large water feature known as “The moat,” once obstructed the path.

Our design team’s ingenious approach to the confounding issues of pedestrian and automotive accessibility was solved by terracing the plaza and designing a more peripheral, yet equally extravagant, water feature. The beautification of the fountain and hardscape design enhances the architectural elements of the building by radiating off the curvature of the glass wall and columns.

A smaller, more intimate, shaded public gathering space to encourage patrons to gather during show intermissions was also incorporated into the plans. The improved corner activates the street frontage and engages pedestrians whether they’re visiting the site or just passing by.

A custom piece of experiential public art, titled “The Embrace” is the focal point of the upper plaza and provides for additional seating.

Front of Kravis Center
Art Installation known as “The Embrace,” honors donors of the Kravis Center.

WGI’s Urban and Community Planners worked in conjunction with West Palm Beach’s Vision Zero Initiative to replace an outdated on-road bike lane with a safer and more accessible sidewalk-level lane that provides the necessary room for pedestrians and bicyclists while simultaneously moving them farther from the dangers of Okeechobee Blvd.

As part of the sidewalk’s construction, mature Live Oak trees were relocated along the edge of the walkway to provide shade and offer a taste of natural Florida scenery in Downtown West Palm Beach.

Bike path
The elevated bike path protects bicyclists and from vehicular traffic on Okeechobee Blvd.

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