The centerpiece of the 1920s Memorial Hall building is the large Recital Hall the school uses for student and faculty solo and ensemble performances. The room was and is still considered ideal for chamber music and loved by organists. The room features a three-manual Casavant concert organ.

The main purpose of the Recital hall portion of the renovation was to replace the seating which was part of a campus wide improvement to update seating in all teaching spaces. In depth discussion with the user determined there were greater acoustic issues with the room that the school of music pushed to be considered as a necessary modification to the success of the room usage. As part of the project Kirkegaard completed a comprehensive acoustic study for the room and provided a list of potential acoustic improvements. In addition to the seating replacement and careful selection related to the acoustics impact of the space, the final scope also included critical improvement to the HVAC background noise and addressing disruptive sound isolation issues from the adjacent hallways and drawing room. The project successfully maintained what the University loved about the space while making major improvements to the acoustic shortcomings.

Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
White & Borgognoni Architects
Bill Conner Associates
870
Urbana
IL