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  Music Education & Performance Building, Florida Gulf Coast UniversityMusic Education & Performance Building, Florida Gulf Coast University

Architect Of Record

4210 Metro Parkway, Fairfax Center, #230, Fort Myers, FL 33916

Design Architect

Pfeiffer Partners Architects
62 White Street, #5E, New York City, NY 10013

General Description

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Date Bid: Aug 2009 Construction Period: Sep 2009 to Sep 2010
Total Square Feet: 29,148 Site: 5 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 200-seat recital/choral hall and 100-seat rehearsal hall.
LEED® Gold
Building Size: First floor, 17,789; second floor, 11,359;
total, 29,148 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’4”; second floor, 20’;
floor to floor, 16’4”; total, 44’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall. Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: TKW Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 5621 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: OCI Associates, Inc. - 9728 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908
General Contractor: Owens-Ames-Kimball Company - 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Pfeiffer Partners Architects, design architect, and Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc., (RS&H) architect-of-record, are the collaborative team behind the recently opened Music Education & Performance Building at Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Fort Myers. The LEED Gold certified facility, which provides facilities for both the Bower School of Music and the Visual Performing Arts Program, is approximately 24,500 gross square feet and primarily focused on spaces for the music program, including a 200-seat recital/choral hall, a 100-seat rehearsal hall, music studios and classrooms, practice rooms, a music education room and library, a multi-level lobby, and faculty studios and offices.

Previously, music courses and performances were provided in three separate buildings-all acoustically and spatially challenged-on the FGCU campus. Consolidation of classroom, studio, rehearsal and concert space was necessary to accommodate the anticipated growth and quality of the University's music and theater programs. The project proceeded through a series of interactive workshops with the departments of music and theater as well as campus facilities, ensuring that the building meet the internal needs of the departments and the long-term functional and operational needs of the University.

Pfeiffer Partners designed the building to be acoustically excellent; the rehearsal rooms are built on floating floors to prevent sound vibrations from traveling and specially manufacturerd doors on the recital hall prevent any noise from leaking in or out. Every ceiling is sloped and every wall set obliquely to avoid the sound bounce that occurs with parallel walls. A delicate balance between the acoustical requirements and those of the music program determined the basic volume and shape of the recital hall. With the process of shaping the walls to both focus and disperse the sound reflections, the employment of origami began. The transformation of a flat rectangular sheet of paper into a highly articulated multidimensional surface became the object of many hours of paper folding and geometrical calculations to obtain the proper angles of reflectivity. Consequently, the soaring ceiling of the 200-seat recital hall is composed of honey-stained, wood-paneled walls, angled in an origami-like fashion to create peaks and valleys, which cradle sound and gently reverberate it back to the audience. The walls and ceilings of classrooms are also angled to diffuse sound and feature adjustable panels to tune the room.

Situated near the University's existing Arts Complex Building, the facility represents the initial phase of Pfeiffer Partners'/RS&H Arts Precinct Master Plan, which includes a 700-seat concert hall, a new flexible theater and a 1,200 to 1,500-seat multi-purpose hall, all organized along a new urban spine with special paving and arcades, connecting the new arts facilities with an existing 600-car parking garage. The design complements the sloped-roof architecture and deep overhangs of the existing campus vernacular, while also distinguishing itself both as the gateway to the University's arts precinct as well as a civic destination for the arts community in the surrounding area.

LEED® Points Achieved       41 Total
Sustainable Sites                  9
Water Efficiency                  5
Energy & Atmosphere            6
Materials & Resources            7
Indoor Environmental Quality 10
Innovation & Design Process   4

Product Information
Building Envelope: Lafarge
Paint: Sherwin Williams
Membrane Roofing: Firestone
Flooring: Mannington Commercial, Robbins Sports Surfaces, Mondo, Collins & Aikman
Lighting: Cooper
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Tubelite
Daylighting/Skylights: Skyline
Elevators: Thyssen Krupp

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