Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati HallManhattan 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 ConfluenceBlack-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 CenterA 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 LibraryThe 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.
East Carolina University, Health Sciences Student CenterThis hybrid building – both a recreation center and a student center – stands as the defining feature of the campus and sets the stage for a new academic quad. Expressing the student activities within, a multistory pavilion accommodates a coffee shop, sports bar, and open gathering space for the campus community to socialize and relax. The Center promotes a connection to the exterior environment through large open porches.
McAllen Performing Arts CenterThe McAllen Performing Arts Center serves as an artistic hub of this rapidly growing metropolitan community. The 1800-seat multi-purpose performance hall features design elements inspired by the rich heritage of the lower Rio Grande Valley. The colors of McAllen’s bougainvillea are found in richly-hued seating and curtain materials while native Texas mesquite and pecan trees are celebrated in detailed mill work. Adjustable acoustics can easily accommodate the variety of local cultural groups, touring music, Broadway performance, and cross-border road shows presented.
University of Southern Indiana – Performance CenterFrom the earliest program discussions, there was no equivocation, the University of Southern Indiana wanted a thrust theatre to suite their educational and greater community purposes. This arrangement allows students to perform alongside professional actors in an intimate setting. The distinctive feature of the Performance Center is the electrified side walls to the stage. Light modulates the walls furnishing a multiple series of possibilities for presentation and teaching. Electrifying the side walls adds richness for theatrical presentations and the ability to alter the character of the space prior, during and after presentations.
West Virginia University, Creative Arts CenterThe 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.
Fox BerkshireAt Fox Berkshire, moviegoers are meant to have a social and comfortable experience. The lobby, a space defined by an upturned roof structure and transparent walls, features open areas and plush seating that encourage relaxation and interaction. Custom developed carpet, large-format posters, and bold signage infuse the space with dynamic energy. The theaters themselves feature large recliners so that patrons can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
University of Southern Indiana, University Center ExpansionThe distinguishable cone-shaped USI University Center is an iconic design, recognizable to members of the campus and surrounding community. Celebrating local industries, the center incorporates innovative applications of regional and reclaimed materials. A limestone entryway salvaged from the former historic Orr Iron Building pays homage to an Evansville landmark built by former Indiana governor, Robert D. Orr. One-of-a-kind interior elements formed from materials sourced from area manufacturers include a geometric patterned ceiling made of 1,200 chairs legs, wall coverings made from printed plastic sheeting normally used in the manufacturing of toothpaste tubing, and benches of solid aluminum ingot ends.
Southern Boone County Public LibraryConvenient patron access was paramount in the library’s decision to remain in its central downtown location. Working with members of the community, the design team developed a series of duotone historical images lining the upper walls of the library, as modern-day friezes. Local craftsmen, in conjunction with the design team, created custom-designed tables and furniture from locally-sourced and recycled materials, making the project one of advocacy and involvement. The interior focal point is a 14-by-24-foot woven wood enclosure that envelopes the quiet reading space.
Southern Connecticut State University, Buley LibraryLocated directly inside the library’s main entrance, the Learning Commons includes flexible study environments that accommodate both individual and collaborative learning style. Six study rooms surround the Commons with windows overlooking the quad and the student center. The interior’s open and lively design encourages gathering. An art gallery, career consulting offices, Autism Center, cyber café, rare book room/special collections, and 24-hour study space are other distinguishing programmatic elements in the Buley Library.
Stevens Institute of Technology, Lore-El Center For Women LeadershipThe Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership, a residence hall with deep ties to Stevens Institute of Technology, fosters women’s empowerment professionally, socially, and academically. Renovations made to the Center transform the space into a hub for educational programs, social gatherings, guest speakers, and workshops. Movable furniture supports multiple configurations and a newly renovated kitchen permits catering for these special functions. The building celebrates its Victorian roots by preserving wood flooring, door trimmings, and beautiful stained-glass windows. A modern twist is incorporated through updated furnishings and lighting. New wallpaper playfully incorporates a light bulb motif as a homage to engineering and the birth of new ideas. These improvements to the Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership contribute to the richness and diversity of student life on campus and foster an environment to Inspire. Empower. Lead.
Rhode Island College, James P. Adams LibraryThe James P. Adams Library is the largest building on the Rhode Island College campus, the renovations to the library transform the space into a true academic hub for the 21st century student. The design philosophy was centered around the college motto: Reach. Inspire. Connect. A visual representation of this mantra is a ripple-like spiral pattern; symbolic of drawing students inward to engage in collaborative exploration. The space facilitates this with a variety of furniture types and layouts that accommodate different tasks. The grand gesture of the room is the floor-to-ceiling screen walls. Additionally, the screens add vertically, exaggerating the height of the library. Despite being on the basement level, the room has a vibrancy and life to it. Also located on the same floor is the Student Services Center. Bringing together multiple programmatic spaces that were previously spread across campus, the Center focuses on providing counseling, tutoring, and career help. Carpeting is used as a way-finding tool. Grey flooring serves as a palate cleanser, but transitions to gold as a way to lead students to the tutoring area. The gold opens up the room and is appropriately placed to celebrate the only area on the level that is bathed in natural sunlight.
University of North Texas, Lucille “Lupe” Murchison Performing Arts CenterThe Murchison Performing Arts Center functions as both a performance and teaching venue which is tailored to meet the needs of the music program at the University of North Texas. Suffused with soft, natural light and enveloped by a richly colored interior, the concert hall possesses a sense of intimacy that belies its large seating capacity. The main hall is an unintimidating space for novice performers to hone their presentation abilities. The lyric theater allows for the staging of small-scale operatic, musical, and experimental vocal performances. Highly visible to commuters on Interstate 35, the rising curved metal roof of the concert hall and the sweeping arc of the glass and clay-wall lobby create a recognizable landmark. The mix of variously textured Texas limestone, illuminated tile and brick establish the center as a gateway to the university and a distinctive physical presence commensurate with the quality and sophistication of the music program. Earning immediate critical and public acclaim, the center has joined the ranks of the finest performing arts complexes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Stevens Institute of Technology, Ruesterholz Admissions CenterA reflection of 145 years of campus history and tradition, the Admissions Center makes a lasting first impression for prospective students. Unique to Stevens, five interview rooms each feature a custom designed wall covering reflective of an alumni accomplishment. Bubble wrap, invented by a Stevens graduate, and now depicted in a wall surface, looks so authentic the temptation to touch is irresistible. The center also integrates touch screen technology for an interactive exploration into the Stevens legacy.
Western Connecticut State University, Visual and Performing Arts CenterThis project, located on the University’s second campus, organizes and provides clarity to the various grouping of residence halls, sports facilities, and parking areas on a sylvan hilltop. The strong geometric arrangement of building shapes and landscape patterns highlights the entries into the facility and establishes a common central green space for the campus. The arts center is both a bustling academic environment as well as the most visited public place on the campus. As such, the new building provides a strong foundation for future campus development and invites the public to experience the arts.
New Mexico State University, Associated Students of NMSU Center for the ArtsLocated at a prominent entry point to a previously introverted campus, the Center serves as a gateway for the community. Drawing from the geographical context, the building is inspired by Southwestern colors, materials, and topography. An ‘arroyo,’ a land formation typical of New Mexico, became inspiration for the multi-story lobby, which resembles a pathway carved by running water in a flat desert environment. Travertine walls, large skylights, site specific murals, and a series of terraces oriented for views of the iconic Organ Mountain range all serve to connect the building to its surrounding landscape.
Columbia Public Library
The library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. It illustrates, in built form, the excitement and diversity that comes from exploration. A colorful tale of interaction with varied shapes, materials, colors, textures, and light, a journey through the library is marked by sequences of surprise and discovery. A conical entrance tower, visible from downtown, beckons the pass- erby to come in and enjoy what the library holds inside.
Columbia Public Library
The library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. It illustrates, in built form, the excitement and diversity that comes from exploration. A colorful tale of interaction with varied shapes, materials, colors, textures, and light, a journey through the library is marked by sequences of surprise and discovery. A conical entrance tower, visible from downtown, beckons the pass- erby to come in and enjoy what the library holds inside.The Columbia Public Library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. Expanding upon the existing structure, the new Columbia Public Library is defined by a series of geometrically distinct forms, each clad in a unique material, housing specific library functions. The conical entrance pavilion, the oblong utility spine, the cylindrical collections area, and the administration rectangle prove integral to the way visitors understand and navigate the library.The integration of public art by Albert Paley and Joseph Falsetti adds to the dramatic impression on both the passerby and the user.