For two decades, Kirkegaard worked closely with Bora architects and the faculty and leadership of Michigan State’s College of Music to transform their 1940s music building. The guiding principle was to adapt existing rooms for activities that they could naturally support while shifting more demanding activities into new construction. The first work completed was a total reworking of Cook Recital Hall. An undersized band room became Hollander Hall, a flexible space for music classes, choral and opera rehearsals and junior recitals. An undersized percussion room became a new recording suite, with tielines to all major rooms. A new 38,900 sf addition provided four graciously-scaled rehearsal rooms, filled with natural light, for orchestra, band, percussion and jazz. Murray Hall is also a beautiful, wood-lined performance space for jazz combos. The addition includes a few teaching studios and dozens of practice rooms, many of them built with extra isolation and extra absorption specifically for percussion and jazz. Light renovations of some classroom and practice spaces in the adjacent ‘70s practice tower round out the project.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
TMP Associates, Inc., Architect, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Bora Architecture & Interiors, Design Architect, Portland, OR
Schuler Shook, Theater Consultant, Chicago, IL
38,900 gsf New Construction/ 8,400 gsf - Renovation
East Lansing
MI