The first phase of this complex is home to UMBC's 280-seat Proscenium Theatre, 130-seat Black Box Theatre, English departments, as well as the Dresher Center for the Humanities. The second phase of the building houses the university's departments of dance, music, philosophy and ancient studies, and includes a 350-seat Concert Hall and a 120-seat Dance Studio. The Concert Hall’s uses are particularly wide-ranging, including choral and instrumental ensemble performances, student recitals, choral rehearsals, lectures, and electronically composed music performed via the installed surround sound system. An unfolding and continuously hinged acoustical shell, custom-designed by Kirkegaard, can further enhance acoustical intimacy by being deployed onstage to serve as a backdrop for both the forward-facing and reverse-facing room orientations. Kirkegaard provided Room Acoustics, Noise and Vibration Control, and Audiovisual consulting services. The project has achieved LEED Silver Certification.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Grimm and Parker Architects, Architect of Record, Baltimore, MD
William Rawn Associates, Design Architect, Boston, MA
Theatre Projects Consultants, Ltd., Theater Consultant, South Norwalk, CT
176,000 gsf
375-seat concert hall; 280-seat proscenium theatre; 130-seat black box theatre
The Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore) Excellence in Design competition for 2014 Design Award for Higher Education LEED Silver