The Gerry Foundation – a not-for-profit organization established to help stimulate economic activity and revitalization in Sullivan County, New York – developed the Bethel Woods complex. Located on the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods aims to preserve the historic concert site as a vibrant, cultural destination dedicated to inspiring and educating individuals through the arts and humanities. The lush, 800-acre campus includes a pavilion stage amphitheater, indoor event gallery, museum, conservatory for arts and educational programming and parking facilities.
The new Bethel Woods Center for the Arts represents the portion of the campus focused on providing culturally-rich performances, popular artists and other arts-based programming. The Pavilion Stage amphitheater accommodates seating for 15,000 through a combination of covered seats, lawn seats and outdoor event sheds. The event gallery provides an intimate, 440-seat space for smaller-scale indoor events. Both venues provide generous views of the surrounding natural beauty of the rural landscape.
Role + Responsibilities
The Gerry Foundation engaged Zubatkin to manage the overall planning and approvals strategy for the implementation of the Bethel Woods complex. The Zubatkin team was involved in all aspects of the development, including the selection of the architect, programming of the facility, and overseeing the design and construction. The firm also provided the financial controls, public funding administration and project reporting. The In-House Technical Group was instrumental in reviewing drawings, resolving technical issues and change management.