Why is the VMA Closed?

Renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired 2,000-seat Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (VMA) began in July 2023 to conduct necessary seismic and code improvements. Having an opportunity created by the building being dark for this seismic work, investigative studies were conducted to evaluate the rest of the VMA structure.  While inspections determined that the perimeter foundation and elements supporting the domed roof are structurally sound, engineers discovered that soil under the building’s foundation has settled substantially and caused concrete cracking, voids beneath the floor, and damage to drainage and sewer lines. Also, water intrusion over the years has damaged lift equipment, electrical equipment, and the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. 

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