Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Designed as a reflection of the community’s distinctive culture and geography, visitors and community members alike are meant to feel at home in the space. The faceted main roof recalls the gabled roofs of the historic town buildings and the angular silhouette of near-by Mt. Crested Butte. The multipurpose, double-height lobby under the central roof combines massive wood structural members, textured copper, and rich fabrics within floor-to-ceiling glass walls to create a warm interior environment. As the Center’s hub, the lobby connects users to the 300-seat theatre, art gallery, dance spaces, and art studios.
Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati Hall
Manhattan School of Music is recognized as a premier international conservatory that has trained some of the world’s most celebrated performing artists and has upheld a tradition of excellence in music education for nearly a century. Addressing a series of limitations in the 1931 Auditorium, a new modifiable, one-piece orchestra shell will transform the stage’s acoustical environment to accommodate a full range of musical genres. Additionally, the distinct neo-deco character of the space will be enhanced with updated Interior elements such as textured wall moldings, new house lighting and seating, brass exit signs and unique chair railings.
Pablo Center at the Confluence
Black-green, split-face, Hornblende (granite-like stone) gives distinctive character to the exterior of the new Art Center, a soon to be landmark in the revitalization of downtown Eau Claire. Large window openings serve a dual purpose: revealing to passersby the activities within, and offering patrons and artists stunning views out to the Chippewa and Eau Clair Rivers. Two performance halls, gallery space, and four multi-purpose rooms will mark the building as an active center for entertainment and cultural enrichment.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hamel Music Center
A key focus of the design of the new School of Music are spaces that welcomes artistic expression. The state-of-the-art concert and recital halls are designed for symphonies and chamber orchestras, solos, quartets, and choral concerts. Rehearsal spaces and band rooms offer students space to hone their craft. Music practice rooms are acoustically isolated from each other so that no intrusive sounds interfere with the student’s practice. The new facility will serve as a catalyst for fresh artistic and academic inspiration, while also playing a signature part of the University East Campus Gateway.
University of Central Florida, John C. Hitt Library
The phased renovation and expansion of this this 1967 facility provides an opportunity to reorganize interior spaces to create a 21st century environment for research, study, collaborative work, and interaction with library collections and resources. A new Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) will enable instant access to a 1.5 million volume collection and allow existing stack space to be re-purposed for a 24-hour study commons, graduate student spaces, technology-rich group study rooms, instructional spaces, and significantly more user seating. Atop the ARC, a new reading room will provide unmatched views of the campus.
West Virginia University, Creative Arts Center
The Creative Arts Center houses the School of Music, the School of Art & Design, and the School of Theatre & Dance. Limitations of the original 1970s building place constraints on program growth. The new addition provides studios for photography, electronic media, sculpture and painting, a lecture hall for art history, proscenium theater and recital hall. The addition also allows all programs within the three schools to be under one roof, promoting interdisciplinary communication and overcoming daily logistical and pedagogical challenges—a series of stacked, interlocking forums on each floor act as gathering spaces, allowing students and faculty to interact on a regular basis.