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  Butler University Lilly Hall, Page 38Butler University Lilly Hall
626 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis, Indiana
Total Square Feet: 47,500
Construction Period: Jan 2002 to Jan 2003

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Fink Roberts & Petrie, Inc. - 4040 Vincennes Circle, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46268
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Shiel Sexton Company, Inc. - 902 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204
ELECTRICAL& MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Circle Design Group, Inc. - 5510 South East Street, #F, Indianapolis, IN 46227
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Butler University - 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

The Performing Arts Complex at Butler University is a multi-stage project that will be completed in four phases. The first phase is the expansion of Lilly Hall, home of the Dance, Music, and Theatre Departments. The next phase will be the Recital Hall in Robertson Hall, which is a 140-seat recital hall within the old chapel. The Performance Hall, which will be a 450 seat teaching theatre and performance space, and extensive renovations to the original Lilly Hall will complete the phases.

The Lilly Hall Expansion is a facility encompassing teaching studios and rehearsal halls. One large dance studio provides a much needed recital venue, while a smaller dance studio expanded the dance amenities. A theatre studio provides a black box environment for experimental theatre applications. Choral rehearsal halls provide acoustically correct spaces for the Butler Choral programs, as well as rehearsal space for the Indianapolis Children's Choir.

An instrument rehearsal hall serves as a tunable acoustical environment for the various requirements of instrument groups. A percussion studio and electronics studio complete the rehearsal and studio spaces, while the lower level houses the offices of The Arts Collaborative.

One of the significant challenges of the project was developing an architecture that responded to the immense scale of neighboring Clowes Hall, while respecting the much shorter Lilly Hall and developing a more comfortable scale to greet the occupants. Another particular complexity was designing within the confines of an existing courtyard that was bordered on the one open side by Clowes Hall.

The final architectural expression is a blend of both neighboring structures, clad in precast concrete with limestone accents that modulate the facades. The predominant curtain wall element and companion canopy clearly identify the entry to the facility, and at the same time offer a more regional gesture as a beacon to the 46th Street entrance to campus.

This same piece serves as a hub of circulation, linking the new building to the existing spaces, providing old Lilly Hall with direct access into the new building.

The programmatic requirements of the rehearsal spaces dictated floor-to-floor heights that are unusual to most construction projects. Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects addressed this challenge by carefully and creatively laying out the spaces in the vertical planes, as well as in plan, to balance the programmatic needs with the budget. For example, by placing the office spaces in the lower level, Butler was able to avoid expensive underpinning for the foundations of the existing structure. Further, by placing the dance studios and theatre studio on the top floor, the design yielded the necessary ceiling heights for each of these studios.

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects provided architectural design and interior design services along with leadership to the other disciplines in crafting this uniquely specialized facility.

Div 08: Curtainwall: Tubelite, Inc.
DIV 09: Carpet: Interface; VCT: Armstrong; Acoustical Floor Membrane: Kinatics Noise Control.

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