Bowdoin's new music facility is a unique adaptive reuse project, converting the 100 year old McKim Meade and White natatorium into a 285-seat concert/recital hall. The building has a narrow rehearsal room shoehorned in behind the stage at the gallery/lobby level. Adjacent to the hall is a new 1-½ story structure that ties the recital hall to the adjacent gymnasium. It includes a large mechanical room and six practice rooms. The single, fairly steep seating rake has a gypsum board supply air plenum, and three new practice rooms beneath the former gymnasium floor are isolated by concrete "lids."
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
William Rawn Associates, Architect, Boston, MA
Theatre Project Consultants, Theatre Consultant, New York, NY
190,000 gsf
285-seat recital hall
$15,000,000; $234,000 AV Systems Budget
2009 - AIA New England - Honor Award 2008 - USITT Merit Award 2008 - Boston Society of Architects - Honor Award for Interior Architecture 2008 - Society of College and University Planning/AIA - Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation 2007 - Boston Society of Architects - Honor Award for Design Excellence, Higher Education Facilities