Central Michigan University, School of Music

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Harley Ellis Devereaux

  • CLIENT

    Central Michigan University

  • AREA

    118,800 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $15,130,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    1/1998

Central Michigan University’s School of Music is on a prominent site in the center of the campus adjacent to Bush Theater. Together, the two create a performing-arts center within the campus and complete the edges of a major arts quadrangle.

The light-colored limestone masonry exterior and white interior respond to the university’s desire for a light and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$128.00FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms environment. Natural daylight penetrates the masonry walls through vertically slotted windows, enriching the spaces, including the concert halls, in dramatic fashion. Natural maple wood and a dark-purple palette of materials are used throughout the design to add contrast and bring warmth to the interior spaces.

Layered within this acoustical environment is an infrastructure of mechanical systems, and electrical and audio communication lines. These systems are designed to function without disruption of the acoustic response. Major pieces of equipment, as well as entire rooms, are isolated to eliminate noise and vibration interference within the performance spaces.

The School of Music embodies the university’s desire for a light and airy environment that promotes creativity for music instruction, practice and performance.

Photographer: ©Gary Quesada, Hedrich-Blessing