Engineering News-Record (ENR) has named Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall “Best Overall” and “Best Education/Research” project for 2012.
With the opening of Lenfest Hall in September 2011, the world-renowned musical conservatory gained not only a state-of-art facility to support and extend learning, but also a designated space to accommodate student residences and dining facilities for the first time in its nearly nine-decade-long history. The addition of the nine-story, 107,000-SF building doubled the size of Curtis’ campus and relieved scheduling pressures on its existing, historic buildings.
“In creating Lenfest Hall for the Curtis Institute of Music, designers and contractors learned to make beautiful music together. Like an orchestra preparing to perform a complicated composition, the endeavor required months of practice, but ultimately the team delivered a $48.5-million facility that hits high notes for design quality, engineering excellence and construction challenge,” ENR stated.
Urban Engineers (Urban) collaborated with design architects, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, to address the mechanical, electrical, and acoustical requirements of the LEED® Gold facility. “Lenfest Hall is a game-changer for Curtis. It combines the best of Curtis’ past with the promise of a bright future,” Urban’s Director of Building Systems and Project Manager, Jim Bilella, PE, said. “Like every project, it had its share of challenges, but thanks to the vision and tenacity of Curtis and the entire project team, Lenfest Hall opened on-time and several million dollars under budget, while exceeding expectations in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. On behalf of Urban, I congratulate the team for an outstanding project.”