Smith Memorial Hall is home to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music built in the 1920s. The centerpiece of the building is an 870 seat Recital Hall the school uses for student and faculty solo and ensemble performances. The room features a three-manual Casavant concert organ. As part of the project Kirkegaard completed a comprehensive acoustic study for the room and provided a list of potential acoustic improvements. The final scope for the project related to acoustics included seating replacement, improvement to the HVAC background noise and sound isolation to the adjacent hallways and drawing room. Acoustic consideration and coordination were required for seating selection and flooring choice as it was important that the room acoustics in the Recital Hall be maintained or similar. The room was and is still considered ideal for chamber music and loved by organists. New sound vestibules were incorporated to the rear of the audience chamber to greatly improve noise intrusion from the active corridors near the main entrances to the building. Noisy mechanical equipment located in the return air plenum directly below the audience chamber was relocated or enclosed in addition to covering up a portion of the air vents in the floor in order to reduce radiated noise that was considered disruptive to the music experience. The project successfully maintained what the University loved about the space while making major improvements to the acoustic short comings.
Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
White & Borgognoni Architects
Bill Conner Associates
870
Urbana
IL