September 3rd, 2013
THE CREST (COMPLETED)
The $949,495 stage canopy structure,“The Crest” is a joint effort comprised of Trahan Architects, Arrighi Construction, the Downtown Development District, and the Mayor’s Office/City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge. As part of the Riverfront Master Plan, Plan Baton Rouge II, and North Boulevard Town Square, a special-event stage was created to provide a venue for large events in the heart of downtown. This project furthers implementation of Plan Baton Rouge II building upon the ‘Central Green’ concept - a unified system of greenspaces linking the areas cultural attractions with the City Hall and River Center Campuses. The Crest is an engineering and sculptural icon that connects North Boulevard Town Square and the City Hall campus while also functioning as a support for electrical systems required for concerts. The suspended truss system is able to be disassembled when not in use. The debut of The Crest with the truss system will be on September 6, 2013 for the first Fall 2013 Live After Five event featuring the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The Crest is a progressive symbol of Baton Rouge’s recent surge of developments; its namesake and form has references to both music (function) and the Mississippi River (place). The crest form, a top of a wave, references the river and the reference to music is found in the top of a wavelength. In Heraldic terms, the Crest also symbolizes a coat of arms/family heritage/unity.