University of Pennsylvania, Music Building

The award-winning renovation and expansion of the Music Building consolidates dispersed academic resources, revitalizes a prominent 19th-century landmark, and provides new common spaces for faculty and students. The completed project serves as a model for the compatibility of historical and contemporary design expression. Equal in size to the existing structure, the addition extends the building’s massing, materiality, rhythms, and proportions. The most acoustically critical programs, including classrooms, recital and practice rooms, recording studios, and faculty offices, are housed in the addition.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 25,000 sf

Sustainability: Given a goal of LEED Silver at the beginning of design, the Music Building project surpassed expectations and is the first LEED Gold building on campus. The project goes beyond energy standards with efficient lighting, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Other sustainable features include passive stormwater management techniques; reduced site water use through planting material selection and smart controls that adjust irrigation based on rainfall; recycling or salvaging 95% of construction waste; use of recycled and regionally produced construction materials, such as steel and concrete; interior finishes and Greenguard labeled furnishings made with sustainable and recycled materials; and ongoing use of green housekeeping methods and cleaning products.

Project Team: Philip Chen AIA, Neil Stroup, Adam Ruedig (ABA); Daniel J. Keating Company (General Contractor); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP / FP); Keast & Hood Co. (Structural); Stephen Stimson Associates (Landscape); Hunt Engineering Company (Civil); Kirkegaard (Acoustics / AV); Building Conservation Associates (Materials Conservation); Ripman Lighting Consultants (Lighting); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Wojciechowski Art + Design (Graphics); VDA (Elevator); Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies (Hardware); The McGee Company (Cost Estimating); David Lamb (Photography)