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Commissioned to design
the new space on the State
College, Pennsylvania,
campus was Bostwick Design
Partnership of Cleveland,
Ohio in collaboration with
William Rawn Associates,
Boston, Massachusetts.
Architectural woodwork for
the $16.5 million project was
fabricated and installed by
Giffin Interior & Fixture, Inc.,
an AWI member firm located
in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.
The recital hall addition
runs 13,500 square feet while
the renovations in the Music
I Building covered 12,000
square feet. The design
process began in January
2016 with construction
completed in September
2018.

Harmonious Design
The new recital hall was
designed in the vineyard
style with tiered seating
surrounding the stage,
bringing the audience
as close to the stage as
possible, creating not only a
very intimate experience, but
also enhancing the learning
experience from teacher
to student. The form of the
hall is shaped for optimized
acoustic reflection for both
audience and performers,
while featuring a large
expanse of glass to let
light in, as well as enabling
"education on display" for the
passersby outside.

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designsolutions summer 2019

at a
glance
AWI MANUFACTURING
MEMBER:

Giffin Interior
& Fixture, Inc.
LOCATION:

Bridgeville,
Pennsylvania
ESTABLISHED:

1981
EMPLOYEES:

80
FACILITY:

90,000 square feet
Licensed QCP
Manufacturer
"Materials, specifically
wood, were carefully chosen
and located to create a
sense of warmth within
the hall, while the forms
themselves are primarily an
expression of the reflections
needed for acoustics," notes
Rami Berner, AIA, project
architect of Bostwick Design
Partnership.
Extensive amounts of
woodwork are incorporated
into the project. Jillian Klinar
of Gifffin Interior reports the
firm produced and installed
the following elements for the
project.

The suspended stage
ceiling of quarter-sawn White
Maple included faceted flush
panels, shallow and deep
diffusor panels, fascia panels
and panels on the underbelly
of the catwalk. The stage
area featured Maple stair
nosing with LED light plow,
contoured handrail, curtain
door and jamb, radiused low
wall paneling and nosing and
stage fa├žade.
The storage area has
a Poplar wood grille and
seven sections of panels
with slats. The choral loft
features radiused solid
Maple benches and upper
bench low walls. Balconies
feature Maple paneling
and base and sloped wall
caps. The rehearsal room
features Maple paneling, trim,
perforated, painted column
covers and reflective panels.
In the box office there
are base and tall storage
cabinets, die wall and solid
surface top with apron.
Cabinets and countertops
were also fabricated for the
break room, lobby and mail
room. Solid surface sills were
produced for the windows in
the restrooms.



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