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Specifically, the music
complex includes the 505seat William E. and Mary Pat
Gannon Hay Concert Hall,
an elegant and acoustically
optimal hall designed to
accommodate a full range
of musical ensembles. A
140-seat large recital hall
delivers professional quality
acoustics with a clear and
polished sound, as does an
81-seat small recital hall.
The 76-seat Philip Corboy
and Mary Dempsey Jazz Hall
provides the perfect setting
for audiences to experience
the intimacy and ambience of
a jazz club.
Public spaces include
a commons area to serve
as the front door, forming
a gathering place for the
School of Music community
and social spaces for
students; and an atrium
café to serve as a gathering
spot before concerts, during
intermissions and after
the performance. Teaching
spaces, designed around the
technical needs of students
and faculty, include a choral
rehearsal room, computer
lab, instrumental rehearsal
rooms, a large chamber
music room, large recital
hall, percussion rehearsal
room, and sound recording
technology suite.
Architect for the
project was Antunovich
Associates of Chicago, while
architectural woodwork was
fabricated and installed by
Bernhard Woodwork Ltd,
an AWI member firm from
Northbrook, Illinois.

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Harmonious Design
The primary objective
in the selection of finishes
for the interior design of
the Holtschneider Center
was to utilize materials
that would enhance both
the aesthetic and acoustic
qualities of each space,
explains Bob Roubik, principal
of Antonuvich Associates.
"While several materials
were used for this purpose,
woodwork functioned as the
primary cladding element
on the interior surfaces of
the performance spaces.
Its surface characteristics,
geometry, and placement
were manipulated in various
ways to provide stunning
aesthetic results that achieved
specific acoustic goals."

Architects and
acousticians worked closely
with the woodworker so that
the woodwork panels could
be fabricated and installed
in a way that attained
desired results. "There was a
consistent acoustic mandate
to eliminate parallel surfaces
and prevent reverberation
in the performance spaces,"
adds Roubik. This was
achieved by the introduction
of curved and battered
woodwork wall panels
with exact geometries
calculated using digital
models and interdisciplinary
collaboration.

at a
glance
AWI MANUFACTURING
MEMBER:

Bernhard Woodwork, Ltd.
LOCATION:

Northbrook, Illinois
ESTABLISHED:

1965
Licensed QCP
Manufacturer



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