The combined Grand Opening – a Dedication and the Grounds for Celebration Festival – of the Chrysalis, took place in Merriweather Park in Columbia, Maryland earlier this Spring. The Chrysalis, a 21st century amphitheatre and community space, is utilized as a high-performance stage, public park pavilion and an urban scale sculpture that is literally and figuratively at the center of an effort to renew and revitalize this Maryland community.
Soaring 60 feet high with a footprint of 5,000 square feet, the $6.6 million Chrysalis is owned and managed by the not-for-profit, Inner Arbor Trust. Metropolitan Walters was selected as a construction partner for the Chrysalis and worked closely with A. Zahner Company, a fabrication and engineering company based in Kansas City. Walters and Zahner are both family-owned businesses that specialize in creative construction projects. The intricate skeleton of steel tubing was furnished, fabricated and erected by Walters, while Zahner was responsible for an aluminum plating “skin.”
Walters also assisted with both the structural design and the logistics of the project. Despite its relatively modest size, construction of the structure, which designers describe as “systematically irregular”, was far from simple.
The Dedication and the Grounds for Celebration Festival allowed event attendees and project stakeholders alike to fully experience the structure’s scale and precision firsthand. This included tours of the grounds and a celebratory concert that took place on the new stage. Walters is pleased to have been involved with a project that has helped to provide a sense of revitalization to the Maryland community.
All images kindly provided by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY project designer.