University of La Verne, Morgan Auditorium Renovation

La Verne, California

  • FIRM

    PMSM Architects

  • CLIENT

    University of La Verne

  • AREA

    5,833 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $4,200,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    2/2011

The Morgan Auditorium, situated within Founders Hall, is the third-oldest building on campus. Only minimal upgrades have been made since its construction in 1926. The auditorium is the largest space on campus for lectures, concerts, assemblies and other programs. It once was used on an almost-daily basis, but demand has diminished in recent years because ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY390COST PER SQ FT$730.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation the condition of the hall.

The goal of the renovation was to re-create its original splendor while expanding the performance and audience space, and preserving the historic fabric of the building. Improvements included acoustics, sightlines, backstage areas, theatrical rigging and A/V equipment, and the HVAC system for thermal comfort and noise reduction. The interior aesthetics and acoustics were enhanced by expanding the stage, adding new theatrical and architectural lighting, wood shutters for light control, vestibules at the entrances, new seating and finishes.

The renovation has restored and enhanced the architectural beauty of this historic structure. The renovated hall now is used extensively by the university and for community functions, meeting an important need for a high-quality performance and program venue. It will enable the university to build a more robust music department and attract more students interested in music performance.