Photo courtesy of Wallace Roberts & Todd

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Bethlehem, PA




2017 Professional Honor Award, General Design Category, American Society of Landscape Architects
2015 Small Project Design Award, AIA
2014 Global Awards for Excellence, Urban Land Institute
2012 Special Mention Award, A+ Awards, Architizer
2012 Silver Award for Engineering Excellence, American Council of Engineering Companies of MA (ACEC/MA)
2012 National Certificate of Recognition, IDEAS^2 Award, AISC
2012 Design Awards, Judges Award, Metal Architecture Magazine
2011 Tri State Honor Award, AIA NY/NJ/PA
2011 Merit Award, Built Category, AIA Philadelphia
2011 Merit Award, AIA NJ/NY/PA
2011 Best Small Project, ENR New York
2011 Architectural Excellence Citation of Merit, AIA Pennsylvania
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Photo by Cris Gebnardt

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

With the historical Bethlehem Steel plant as a backdrop, the Levitt Pavilion is a tribute to the industry’s past and a symbol of  revitalization. Envisioned by architect Wallace Roberts & Todd as a complex faceted architectural form, the pavilion required innovative structural engineering expertise. SGH’s analytic and collaborative approach helped the project team deliver the project ahead of schedule and on budget.


Scope | Solutions


The concert venue features an exposed structural steel frame clad with a skin of perforated stainless steel panels. Its distinctive geometry rises 37 ft and cantilevers 35 ft forward to shelter the stage. The surface then twists, falling forward and stage left.


To ensure that the structure would reflect the architect’s vision and to develop the structural integrity of the pavilion, SGH completed the following:

  • Designed the primary structure, including six supporting ribs to achieve a uniform deflection at the cantilevered edge

  • Designed a secondary steel system for the stainless steel panels, using repetitive sizes and connections for ease of fabrication

  • Coordinated the design, including the overall geometry, member shape and location, and connection detailing

  • Created three-dimensional models of the systems and used building integration modeling, saving documentation and shop drawing time

  • Worked with the contractor and steel fabricator to incorporate their preferences into the design

  • Worked daily with the design team during construction to facilitate execution and expedite shop drawing review

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