Fillmore construction on schedule for September opening
Historic JC Penney façade is fully supported
Construction of the downtown Silver Spring music venue is on track for a September opening.
Construction workers have dug out the basement of the Fillmore, which broke ground in September, and fully supported the historic JC Penney façade, said Don Scheuerman, acting section chief of the Montgomery County Department of General Services. Now they are installing foundations in preparation for a steel erector to place steel beams. Once the steel is in place, masons will build the walls.
"They're where we need them to be right now," Scheuerman said.
Weather plays a factor in all construction, and the sooner the building is water tight, the less it will be affected by the elements, he said.
"They continue to move along, and it's a good project," Scheuerman said.
The Fillmore will have a capacity of as many as 2,000 people and will feature crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, dark painted red walls, historic rock art posters and the iconic barrel of complimentary apples at the door.
Initially projected to cost $8 million, the music venue exceeded its budget by $3.2 million. The county transferred about $2.6 million in unused construction funds from other county projects toward the construction of the hall, said David Dise, director of the Department of General Services. The rest of the money will come from a construction contingency fund for the project or from Live Nation.