Despite ceremonially breaking ground for a massive expansion in December 2014, the Kennedy Center has yet to start building anything new. Now, after several rounds of negotiation with the National Capital Planning Commission, one scrapped idea for a floating structure in the Potomac, and many discussions about which type of grass best suited the environment, construction can finally begin. The commission unanimously approved the plans on July 9. Three new structures will create more spaces for staff and performers, and the redesigned landscape will give visitors a place to enjoy the view of the Potomac and quietly contemplate the arts. Here’s what the future Kennedy Center will look like and how it will operate upon completion in September 2018.

Kennedy Center photo by Tom via Wikimedia Commons