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SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center Opens

April 25, 2014

SUNY Potsdam celebrated the grand opening of the college’s $55 million Performing Arts Center with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on April 25, 2014. The LEED Silver-certified Performing Arts Center is home to SUNY Potsdam’s acclaimed Department of Theatre and Dance, providing three new venues for performances. This will be the first academic building to be constructed on the campus since 1973.
The 97,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility includes a variety of performance spaces, including a 350-seat proscenium theater, a 100-seat black box theater, and a 4,000 square-foot dance performance space with flexible seating on telescopic risers. Additional building components include a public lobby, cafe, two large studios, a physical conditioning room, recording studio, a scene/costume shop, and performer support spaces, including dressing rooms and a green room. The new building also houses classrooms, design labs, faculty offices, and student organization spaces. Located adjacent to the campus’ well-known Crane Music Complex, the building not only compliments the existing structures but most importantly fosters interaction–bringing together theater, dance, and music to create a truly collaborative and flourishing community of the arts.

University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center Breaks Ground

April 23, 2014

Ground was broken this afternoon for the new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on the University of Southern California campus. Named for the donor, philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, the Center will be a world-class home for dance education on the West Coast and the Pacific Rim. The endowment will fund the building and establish a bachelor of fine arts program combining dance instruction with business training and a liberal arts education.
Pfeiffer Partners is designing the building for the school, the first new school on the campus in 40 years, beginning with a concept design, a feasibility study and programming. The design team, USC faculty and leadership of the new school are working together to craft a new facility that physically and aesthetically connects to the rest of campus and reflects the University’s master plan goals and aspirations for the new school. The program for the three-story building will include a dance/performance studio, five dance studios, instructional classrooms, performer support spaces, costume storage, and faculty and administrative offices. The project also includes a significant outdoor courtyard in which the campus community can meet, interact and study in an environment that fosters creativity and innovation in teaching and dance.

Pfeiffer Partners Completes 12-Year UCLA Northwest Campus Infill Project

October 26, 2013

The opening of the Sproul Carnesale dining and conference center marks the completion of the three-phased, 500,000+ gsf housing infill project on UCLA’s Northwest Campus–a collaboration with Kieran Timberlake. The first two residential towers, Holly and Gardenia, opened for occupancy in February 2012, with Sproul Landing and Cove residence halls following in the summer of 2013. Together the four new residence halls add 1,525 beds in the four new residential halls, as well as a 650-seat dining commons, meeting rooms and and a fitness center–this most recent phase culminating for Pfeiffer Partners over a decade of master planning and designing student life facilities on UCLA’s Northwest Campus. The result is seven new residence halls, an additional 3,500 beds, the renovation of public areas and exteriors of four exisiting residential halls, three new dining facilities, a host of student amenities, and a landscape environment that enhances students’ residential overall experience.

Duke University’s Renovated and Expanded Historic Baldwin Hall Opens

August 8, 2013

Duke University’s historic Baldwin Auditorium opened August 1, 2013, after being closed for extensive renovation and expansion executed by Pfeiffer Partners Architects. Constructed in 1927, the classically Georgian Baldwin Auditorium sits as the focal point of the University’s East Campus Quad. The Quad and its architecture were modeled after Jefferson’s University of Virginia, and Baldwin, as the “equivalent” of the library, is considered a campus icon. The interior had a modestly scaled lobby with few amenities and an auditorium visually dominated by a very large central dome sitting on pilastered pendentives. During its history, the building has served as a chapel, classroom, lecture, rehearsal and concert hall. In spite of a growing list of deficiencies, the auditorium was used by the Music Department for rehearsals and concerts by large ensembles, and the Duke Symphony and wind orchestras. The Duke Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, opera workshop and special events by visiting artists and ensembles also utilized the auditorium during the academic year.

Historic Atascadero City Hall Reopens

August 2, 2013

Almost ten years after commencement of work, the rehabilitation of the City of Atascadero’s historical City Hall is complete, just in time for the City’s centennial. Once the crown jewel of publisher E.G. Lewis’ utopian community, the 45,000-square-foot building was severely damaged in the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, causing it to be red tagged and vacated. Pfeiffer Partners, under Principal Stephanie Kingsnorth’s direction, led a team that assessed and documented the extensive damage to the City Hall building, aided in securing funds from FEMA, CALEMA (formerly OES), and the California Cultural Heritage Endowment (CCHE), rehabilitated the entire structure including rebuilding structural and mechanical systems, fire protection and the exterior envelope, and brought it all up to code, restoring it to full operation and enhancing the historic character of the building.

Pfeiffer Partners Selected for USC Glorya Kaufman International Center for Dance

December 5, 2012

The University of Southern California selected Pfeiffer Partners to design its new 62,000-sf Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, beginning with concept design, a feasibility study and programming. The project, which will establish a world-class home for dance education on the West Coast and the Pacific Rim, includes a black box studio theater, instructional classrooms, dance studios, performer support spaces, faculty and administrative offices, and a significant outdoor courtyard in which the campus community can meet, interact and study in an environment that fosters creativity and innovation in teaching and dance. The Center, which is prominently located near the Thornton School of Music, is positioned to enhance the university’s role as one of the city’s cultural leaders and to create a recognizable anchor for an emerging arts quadrant.

Ground Broken for Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts

September 7, 2012

Ground was broken Thursday, September 6, 2012, for Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts.
Named for donors Paul and Marybelle Musco, the 83,000-sf Center features a 1,050-seat theater, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the conservatory of music, and the departments of theatre and dance of the University’s College of Performing Arts. The center will serve as a world-class performing arts center and education facility, as well as a cultural destination for the Orange community and surrounding region.
Observing historic Old Towne Orange’s building height restrictions, the three-story center will rise 55 feet from the ground, with half the building constructed underground, assuring finely tuned acoustics, designed by noted acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. “The acoustic requirements are critical for Chapman’s music program and we have worked closely with Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics and Theatre projects Consultants to create an exceptional facility,” commented William Murray, AIA, Principal-in-Charge. The Center’s interior features a luxurious palette of metallic copper, red-gold and platinum, complimented by the cool silver and grey tones of the upholstery and carpets. Inside the theater, the walls and ceiling are richly layered with silver-edged copper colored leaf forms, inspired by the acanthus plant, prevalent in the region and an historical Roman architectural motif.
In attendance at the ceremony were S. Paul and Marybelle Musco, who have lent their name to the Center, Chapman President James L. Doti, College of Performing Arts Dean William Hall, and Placido Domingo, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Opera and world-famous tenor. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2015.

Seattle University Lemieux Library Designated a New Landmark Library by Library Journal

July 2, 2012

Seattle University Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons has been designated a New Landmark Library by Library Journal, the most widely read periodical in the library profession. Recognized for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services, the Library was one of just five in the nation to receive the honor. Library Journal introduced the New Landmark Libraries project in 2011 to identify trendsetting library buildings across the country. The criteria are overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, and beauty and delight. Submissions were solicited for academic libraries completed between 2007 and 2022, including new construction, expansions, and major renovations. In addition to being a major renovation of the 93,0000-sf existing library, the SU Library project created a new 33,000-sf “front door” addition, which includes 24/7 study areas, “smart” interactive classrooms, a flexible instruction room, a café, and five reading rooms.

CUNY/Brooklyn College’s Leonard & Claire Center for the Performing Arts Breaks Ground

May 13, 2011

Ground breaking for the new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2011. Designed by the NY office of Pfeiffer Partners Architects, the 62,000-gsf Center significantly enhances the performance, instructional and rehearsal opportunities at the College for the Conservatory of Music and Theater Department. A 225-seat hall with variable acoustics is featured, along with large rehearsal halls for music and theater, both of which double as performance spaces. Also included are a room for choral rehearsal, a recording studio, the Pima Center for Computer Music, 30 music studios/practice rooms and a scene shop. Providing access throughout is the Center’s two-story lobby, designed as both a venue for pre- and post-performance gatherings as well as for receptions and special events. Similarly, the music rehearsal room, with its floor to ceiling windows affording stunning views out to the campus, serves as a multi-use space for campus-wide activities. The lobby of the new Center forms the interface between the campus and the community. With its transparent glass curtain wall replacing the brick wall of the existing Gershwin Hall, demolished to make way for the Center, the building transmits the energy and vitality of the arts within, creating a welcoming edge to the College along Campus Road. Respecting the architectural history of the campus and its predominance of brick buildings, the new Center features brick to match the color of the existing complex, but used in a contemporary manner. The interplay of the brick “columns,” interspersed with metal panels and curtain wall spaced rhythmically along the building’s façade, hint at the sense of anticipation one experiences as the curtain rises for a performance. With its 30′-high open portal, the Center provides an almost monumental gateway for pedestrians entering the College. The ceiling and lighting of the lobby appear to extend into the portal, making the gateway as welcoming in the evening as it is in the daytime. A 70′-high stair tower and taller triangularly shaped sign, lit from within, announces Brooklyn College to the community at large. Opening is scheduled for Spring 2014.

SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Building Breaks Ground

April 29, 2011

The 92,000-sf Performing Arts Building at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam breaks ground Friday, April 29, 2011. Attending the event will be members of the College community, elected officials, and representatives from Pfeiffer Partners Architects, who designed the building, and Northland Associates Inc., who will constuct it. The first new academic building to be constructed on the SUNY Potsdam campus since 1973, the Performing Arts Building features 97,000 sf of theater and dance space, supporting the College's acclaimed departments of Theater and Dance. The new state-of-the-art facility includes a variety of performance spaces, including a 350-seat proscenium theater with fixed seating; a 100-seat black box theater; and 4,000 sf of dance performance space with flexible seating on telescopic risers. Additional building components include a public lobby, café, two large studios, a physical conditioning room, recording studio and performer support spaces, including dressing rooms and a green room. Back-of-house areas include a scene shop and a costume shop. Classrooms include an Education Lab for training teachers in the Arts, a Digital/Audio Studio, a Design/Drafting Lab, a CAD Lab and a Lighting Lab. Located adjacent to the campus' Crane Music Complex, the new building complements the existing architecture of the music buildings, yet establishes its own image and identity, enhancing the visibility of the Arts on campus. Connections between the new building and the Crane School of Music not only provide ease of movement between the two buildings but—more importantly—foster interaction among the various artistic disciplines. The design, with its "fractured" profile, allowing the creation of a series of clerestories to draw light into the building, was inspired by the varied landscape of the Adirondacks, with its the geologic rock formations and stone outcroppings, the beauty of the St. Lawrence River, and the shear-faced walls of the Ausable Gorge.

Florida Gulf Coast University Music Education and Performance Building Opens

August 10, 2010

Florida Gulf Coast University's Arts new Music Education & Performance Building has opened. The 24,500-gsf facility is the first of the three-phased project, master planned by Pfeiffer Partners, that will provide facilities for both the Bower School of Music and the Visual and Performing Arts. Primarily focused on spaces for the music program, the new Phase I facility includes a 200-seat recital/choral hall, a 100-seat rehearsal hall, music studios and classrooms, practice rooms, a music education room and library, a multi-level lobby, faculty studios and offices and associated storage.
Designed to be acoustically perfect, the rehearsal rooms are built on floating floors to prevent sound vibrations from travelling, and the doors of the recital hall have been manufactured specially to prevent any noise from leaking in or out. Every ceiling is sloped and every wall set obliquely to avoid the sound bounce that occurs with parallel walls. The soaring ceiling of the 196-seat recital hall is composed of honey-stained, wood-paneled walls, angled in an origami-like fashion to create peaks and valleys, which cradle sound and gently reverberate it back to the audience.
Previously, music courses and performances were being provided in three separate buildings--all acoustically and spatially challenged--on the FGCU campus. Consolidation of classroom, studio, rehearsal and concert space was necessary to accommodate the anticipated growth and quality of the University's music and theater programs.
The LEED Gold-certified building responds to the demands of the Florida climate. The design complements the sloped roof architecture and deep overhangs of the existing campus vernacular, while at the same time distinguishing itself as the gateway to what will eventually become the University's arts precinct in subsequent phasing, as well as a civic destination for the arts community in the surrounding area. The building takes advantage of the site's natural beauty, providing a variety of views out to the adjacent wetlands.

Mount Royal University New Conservatory and Performance Hall Facilities Breaks Ground

April 26, 2011

Mount Royal University's new 92,000-sf (8,500-sm) Conservatory and Performance Hall Facilities breaks ground this spring, making it the first performing arts venue built in Calgary in over a decade. Part of the university's six-phased expansion program to accommodate nearly double the student population at the Lincoln Park campus--currently at 14,000, the center will serve the university's music, theater, speech and childhood community outreach programs. Adjacent to the prominent East Gate campus entrance and the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning, the multi-tiered building will act as a new gateway for the growing campus. An enclosed link between the two buildings will allow for shared use of the lobby and other public spaces, enhancing potential synergies between the two programs.The center will include an integrated 800-seat concert hall and teaching facility, ensemble studios, a recording studio, teaching studios and practice rooms, classrooms, dressing rooms and a green room, a multi-level lobby, and administrative offices and support space. The metaphor of the rural barn within the expansive prairie of Alberta served as a contemporary inspiration for choices in materials, structure, and color throughout the project. Within the concert hall itself, the expressed structure echoes heavy timber construction, while the abstracted image of the Alberta Rose is the crowning feature in the design of the acoustical canopy. The five-floor facility is being designed for LEED Gold certification, with orientation and glazing placement that maximizes solar exposure to take advantage of natural lighting. Pfeiffer Partners is working with a steering committee consisting of representatives from the University, Conservatory, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and other stakeholders to balance user needs with available financial resources to create a new center that strengthens and supports the University's role in arts education on campus and throughout the region.

UC Santa Barbara Davidson Library Renovation and Addition Recommences

December 1, 2010

Upon passage of the State budget by the Legislature, in which only five UC projects received funding, Pfeiffer Partners has recommenced the design process by beginning design development for the addition and renewal of the Davidson Library at the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus. Pfeiffer Partners began working on the project in 2003 with the preparation of a Detailed Project Program (DPP) and has been working with the University since to get the project through the UC funding cycle. Davidson Library was initially built in 1926 with a first addition constructed in 1952, an eight-story tower addition in 1967 and a four-story addition in 1978. Davidson Library is the University's main library, supporting research collections, digital services and instructional functions, as well as housing a significant special collections department. It serves UCSB's 18,800 students and 1,000 faculty members, in addition to the surrounding community. The new 61,000 gsf addition will house a new information commons on the first two floors with Special Collections occupying the third floor. The renovation portion of the project includes the existing 93,000 gsf north wing, which includes the original 1926 library and the 1952 addition collection. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification for both the renovation and the addition.

SUNY Oswego Tyler Hall Renovation Master Plan Commences

September 19, 2010

Work has begun on Pfeiffer Partners' master plan for SUNY Oswego's Tyler Hall, including development of a space program identifying the needs and priorities of the entire School of Communication, Media and Arts (SCMA). Designed as the Fine Arts Building in 1965, Tyler Hall houses art studios, classrooms, offices, galleries, music practice and performance spaces, and the Waterman Theatre, which is used by students and the community. The master plan will include test-fit diagrams, illustrating how the space program can be accommodated within the existing building, as well as identifying a three-phase approach for overall renovation of the facility. As part of this, the team will also address needed building system upgrades and code deficiencies, necessary improvements to the 525-seat Waterman Theater, along with interior and exterior architectural enhancements to foster the building's identity as a contemporary performing arts and academic facility for the University and broader Oswego community.

Westmont College New Academic Buildings Completed

August 30, 2010

Two new academic buildings, Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, have been completed in time for the fall semester--over two months ahead of schedule--at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Pfeiffer Partners was Executive Architect for Phase I of the master plan, encompassing 164,000 sf of new campus facilities, including the new Adams Center and Winter Hall academic buildings. The 31,330-sf, three-level building includes studios with indoor and outdoor work spaces for ceramics, sculpture, crafts and painting; a printmaking studio; a drawing studio; a computer graphics lab; an art photography/frame shop; a climate-controlled art gallery and reception area; an art conference room, collections storage and print review; classroom/lecture space; and faculty studios and offices. The three-level, 46,700-sf Winter Hall houses instructional and research labs, classrooms, and administrative space for the mathematics, computer science, physics and psychology departments, as well as a general 60-seat classroom and 100-seat lecture hall. Built on a sloping site, the building is organized into three pavilions connected by a central atrium space. The top floor features departmental offices and seminar rooms, surrounded by student learning lounges that open to landscaped roofs and walkways. Both projects were designed for LEED Gold certification, with extensive use of natural ventilation and green roofs. In the course of construction, all oak trees on the site were saved and the hardwood flooring from the old gym was reused in the art gallery.

Seattle University Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons Dedicated

September 30, 2010

Hundreds attended the formal dedication of the recently completed renovation and expansion of Seattle University's Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons, a milestone in the University's 120-year history. The 120,000 sf addition and renovation, which is slated for Gold LEED certification, represents the largest singular investment the University has made to promote academic excellence and scholarship. Designed by Pfeiffer Partners in association with Seattle-based Mithun, the brings the library into the 20th century as the new academic heart of the campus.The addition seamlessly adds a café, digital commons, 24/7 study areas, a range of group study rooms, a fully-equipped media production center, mentoring and research commons, interactive "smart" classrooms, and reading rooms.