Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

The Music Building

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

The Music Building

Article excerpt

University of Pennsylvania with Ann Beha Architects; also Daniel J. Keating Company; Keast & Hood Co.; AHA Consulting Engineers; Stephen Stimson Associates; Hunt Engineering Company; Kirkegaard Associates; Building Conservation Associates; Ripman Lighting Consultants; Kalin Associates Inc.; Wojciechowski Design; VDA (Van Deusen & Associates); The McGee Company

Jury Comments

The jury said, "... the scale and how it relates to the neighborhood feels right ... beautiful example of how manipulation of skin, proportion, scale and careful elevation studies can turn an old building into a new building that conforms to historic guidelines ..."

Project Highlights

* Renovation addressed issues of poor acoustics, expanding program needs, compliance with building, life safety and accessibility codes, structural system upgrades and numerous restoration requirements.

* The concrete superstructure, building systems, and shaping of the rooms create optimal acoustic conditions for rehearsal, performance, recording, and instruction.

* The building connects the music building to the university's network of open spaces and gardens and sets the stage for the campus growth to the east.

* It integrates multiple sustainable design elements and is the first LEED Gold building. …

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