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People also claimed they had seen concrete trucks at Carnegie in the middle of the night, and that we had poured the stuff on the sly. Others claimed that they had actually seen concrete under the floors.

Neither claim was true. What looked like concrete under the stage was the original grout, which held upright the 100-year old wooden two-by-fours on which the floor rested. As for the trucks, what people had seen were trucks delivering other materials, not concrete.

The New York Times and other news outlets’ reports of concrete deliveries notwithstanding, the idea of concrete was patently ridiculous, for several reasons. First, there had been no requirement in the stage floor design for concrete. Second, to have put in the amount of concrete that would have been needed to underlay the whole floor would have required concrete trucks delivering the stuff night and day, eighteen loads of it. Also, because of the structure of the building, to deliver eighteen truckloads of concrete would have meant countless wheelbarrows shutting back and forth to the street. Third, there were never any bills sent or paid for such concrete. We put out publicity to this effect, but it did not serve to dispel the rumors. Moreover, the hall’s director, who knew the truth, did not dismiss the concrete rumors as vehemently as he might have done, leaving a lingering doubt in many people’s minds. This doubt was heightened later on when Carnegie Hall put out a press release saying that the concrete had been removed!

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There was none to be removed, but the actual explanation for the problem was embarrassing for Carnegie Hall, and therefore was not addressed. The architect’s design had called for the underfloor to be laminated. That had been done, but as a result, the underfloor had become more like rock than like wood. It was the extra hardness of the laminating that produced the acoustical problem. When in later years the underfloor was removed and a new, unlaminated one substituted, the sound quality of the hall improved.

Even so, for years afterward I heard about the concrete; the rumor cost us at least one assignment that I know of, and perhaps others, too.

The Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees was happy with Tishman Construction’s performance on the renovation. I know that because after we completed the “miracle,” on time and on budget, I was asked to join that board and remained on it for the next two decades. Also, Tishman Construction was awarded contracts to do several other important renovations for Carnegie, for the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, an equally difficult and prodigious task, and for the South Street Seaport.

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