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The REACH at The Kennedy Center

Synergi REACH Kennedy Center
Project Specs

Location: Washington, D.C.
Architectural Partners: Steven Holl
Architects, BNIM
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Construction, Davis Construction
Completed In: 2019

Project Includes

Etched Glass Railings, Exterior Stainless-Steel Cable Guardrail, LED Lighting

For a sleek and modern look, we detailed the glass panels with engineered maximum sizes as well as adjusted the stainless-steel bracket geometry and post configurations in order to provide a railing system completely custom to The REACH.


Nestled along the Potomac River and positioned near the Lincoln Memorial sits The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—a “living memorial” built in 1971 to honor President Kennedy and his admiration for the arts. Forty-two years after its inception plans to “re-imagine itself as a more dynamic creative campus that actively engages with its communities” were put to paper. And just six years later, in September 2019, The REACH—coined Washington’s newest culture hub designed to offer behind-the-scenes access and creative classes—opened to the public.

Wildly inventive spaces do not come without a few design challenges. Due to the size and make-up of the cable guardrails, our team partially erected and welded the units on site. They were then carefully removed, factory bead blasted, repackaged, shipped back to the site, and reinstalled. Then, to touch up areas that were field welded, Synergi built a portable bead blasting unit along with a covering canopy so as to not damage the surrounding areas during our efforts. Our dedicated Site Supervisor completed this process within 24 hours.

The landscape encompassing The REACH made waterproofing an essential aspect of this project. And so, we redesigned and reengineered the exterior railing system connections in order to fit within the raised paver system and to be easily waterproofed.