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Northwestern University – Patrick & Shirley Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Evanston, Illinois

Team

Goettsch Partners, Architect
Thornton Tomasetti, Structural Engineer
Cosentini, MEP/FP Engineer
Schuler Shook, Theatre and Lighting Consultant

Project Description

Northwestern’s new Center for the Musical Arts building is located just south of the university’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, near the theater building and art museum. It wraps around Regenstein Hall, a brutalist music building from the 1970s, enabling the Bienen School of Music to consolidate all its programs in one location. The new building’s five stories and basement contain 99 practice rooms, a dozen classrooms, a recording suite, administrative offices, music faculty offices, and 35 teaching studios for the piano, jazz, and voice faculty.

A glassy atrium with spectacular views of Lake Michigan serves three major rooms: a black box rehearsal / performance space for the opera program, with retractable seating and a large window facing the lake; a choral rehearsal room that doubles as a recital hall; and a gorgeous 400-seat recital hall with sinuous wood walls and a glass wall at the back of the stage with an outstanding view of the Chicago skyline.

KA provided consulting services for room acoustics, isolation, and noise and vibration control throughout the building, and AV in the major spaces. The glass curtain wall that encloses most of the building presented a particular design challenge. KA developed unique details for secondary glazing to achieve a high level of isolation among the practice rooms and teaching studios along the outside wall, while still flooding these rooms with natural light.

Construction began in 2011 with completion in 2015. The New NU music building has opened for classes! Check out the post from the Evanston Now news site here.

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