College Planning & Management

MAR 2013

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Facility Focus PHOTOS © PAUL CROSBY AUDI TORIUMS AND PERFORMING ARTS Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center A S A LIBERAL ARTS college, Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, believes that exposure to the arts is important for arts majors as well as undergraduate students alike. By undertaking the renovation and expansion of its existing Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester reinforced its commitment to arts — including music, visual arts, theatre, and dance. The existing Fine Arts Center, built in 1963, consisted of four buildings for Music, Art, Humanities, and Theatre/Dance, joined by an inwardly focused Arts Commons. Just completed, Phase I of this multiphased project created an extroverted Arts Commons and reconfigured the music building. A Phase II transformation of the 76 Visual Arts building is currently in design, and Phase III addresses the Theatre and Dance departments. Under Phase I, HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) transformed the music building and commons area into a stateof-the-art facility. The new Lowe Dayton Arts Commons creates a social heart for the music, visual arts, humanities, theatre, and dance communities. Framing the commons is a 2,200-sq.-ft. art gallery for formal display of rotating student and professional work, classrooms, critique rooms, and faculty offices. The music building's signature piece is the new 318-seat Mairs Concert Hall. Connected to the Commons by a spacious lobby, the concert hall's interior is surrounded by COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MARCH 2013 undulating red-oak wood slats, which conceal fabric curtains that deploy and retract to meet varying acoustic needs. The stage has been enlarged to allow larger instrumental and choral groups to perform. HGA also designed two large rehearsal and recital halls into the music building for the simultaneous rehearsal of the College's instrumental and choral music programs. Also added were updated individual practice rooms and faculty and teaching studios. HGA addressed the energy inefficiency and opacity of the music building's original wall system by re-cladding the building with an energy-efficient façade that presents a vibrant new face to the campus. The building is designed to be equivalent of LEED Silver certification. CPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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