Alice M. Baldwin Auditorium Renewal
Durham, North Carolina
As part of a larger campus initiative for the arts, we were retained by the University to work with the School of Music to transform Baldwin Auditorium into an acoustically superior room for music, while retaining its iconic presence on the East Campus. Striving to incorporate key features of the building’s historic 1927 Georgian architecture, yet provide a contemporary concert hall, we carefully “inserted” a new, intimately shaped room into the original volume of space, preserving the room’s symmetry while accenting the long forgotten classical dome. Our approach included replacing the existing balcony with a new “wrap around” configuration, re-raking the floor, extending the stage, adding a new permanent orchestra shell and introducing a large acoustical canopy. By reducing the interior of the room, we were able to expand the lobby, encircling the auditorium on both sides. The large windows, once a feature of the room, now provide an abundance of light for the new side lobbies.
Program & Highlights
725-seat concert hall
2015 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture-Building Addition, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
2014 Building Design + Construction Silver Reconstruction Award
2014 ENR Southeast Best Renovation/Renovation Project
2014 Lumen Award of Merit
2014 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Illumination Award of Merit
2014 Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Construction Award
2013 Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Construction Award for Renovation, North Carolina
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Ganapathee, Shanen, "Baldwin auditorium reopens to fanfare," The Chronicle, September 15, 2013
Jeffrey Rossman, "As Good as It Gets: The Reopening of Baldwin Auditorium," CVNC, Online Arts Journal in North Carolina, September 14, 2013
Cliff Bellamy, "Duke to open renovated Baldwin Auditorium," The Herald Sun, August 1, 2013
“Of all the buildings I’ve had an opportunity to oversee both here at Duke as well as at the University of Washington, this is the building I’m most proud of.”
— Tallman Traske, Executive Vice-President, Duke University
Structural Engineer: Gardner & McDaniel PA
Civil Engineer: John R. McAdams Company
MEP: RMF Engineering, Inc.
Construction Management: LeChase Construction Services, LLC
Theater: Theatre Consultants Collaborative, LLC
Acoustics: Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Inc.
Lighting: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Surface 678
Photographer: Christopher Payne