University of Utah, David P. Gardner Hall, Renovation and Concert Hall Renovation

Salt Lake City, Utah

The program called for renovation of the original building, including restoration of the ballroom and grand entry stairway, seismic reinforcing of the entire building, new mechanical and electrical systems, new exit systems, acoustically isolated studios and classrooms, and a 120-seat recital hall. The program also called for a large building addition, including ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$151.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms 700-seat concert hall, faculty studios, student practice rooms, large rehearsal rooms for instrument and chorus, and a recording studio.

One of the guiding design concepts was that the addition should not compete with or copy the original building. The same honed concrete masonry units used on the exterior were used as the primary wall material for interior partitions in order to provide the required sound isolation between rooms.

The 700-seat concert hall required the accommodation of musical performances ranging from a full orchestra to piano solos. In order to adjust the reverberation time in the hall, movable sound absorptive walls were designed, which match the faceted appearance of the fixed side and rear reflective walls. The walls can be retracted or deployed incrementally to change the reverberation time of the hall by up to one second. The upper walls of the hall were designed to maximize sound reflection and dispersion.

"Marvelous restoration details. The Concert Hall is such a dignified and interesting space!"—2003 jury