UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
The renovation of Libby Gardner Hall dramatically enlarged and enhanced the elegant neoclassical building, which has housed University of Utah’s School of Music since 1954. The renovation brought the music department up to current technological and industry building standards, adding the Dumke Recital Hall and McKay Music Library as well as improving the classrooms and the Thompson Chamber Music Hall. Room 200, the largest single space in Gardner Hall, was renovated to its original grandeur. As part of the improvement project, a new structure housing the Libby Gardner Concert Hall, new choral and instrumental rehearsals halls, practice rooms and additional studios was also added. The hall was designed for live performances, from soloists to full symphony orchestras. Ideal acoustical properties and a pronounced sense of intimacy between performer and audience were key design factors.
Client University of UtahSize Concert Hall: 50,665 sf, 700 seats; Gardner Hall Renovation: 53,190 sf; Total: 103,855 sf