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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY RECITAL HALL ADDITION – University Park, Pennsylvania
Following the Master Plan for the Arts, TALASKE is assisting with the design of a new 14,000-square-foot music building that will be focused around a new 400-seat vineyard style performance and recital space. This space will include a new performance audio system with digital signal transport, as well as a large rear projection video system that is integrated into the intricate architecture. Accompanying the recital space are support areas and an updated recital hall with a simple use lecture system and integrated front projection system. Cost: N/A. Completion: 2018
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Bostwick Design Partnership with William Rawn Associates

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF MUSIC – Madison, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music has grown significantly and is in need of improved and expanded facilities. The new building includes an 800-seat concert hall, 325-seat recital hall, rehearsal rooms, department studios and a recording suite. This facility will be used annually for approximately 350 events for a broad array of performances including symphony and chamber orchestras, solos, quartets, choral, jazz and other ensembles. Cost: TBD. Completion: TBD.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Strang Inc with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates

THE CONSERVATORY, MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Mount Royal Conservatory of Music is considered one of Canada’s best institutions for music education. The Bella Concert Hall and the dozens of teaching spaces offers facilities which now match the talent of faculty and students. The new conservatory houses a 787-seat concert hall complete with support spaces, new classrooms, rehearsal halls, and practice rooms. Cost: $60M. Completion: 2015.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Pfeiffer Partners with Sahuri + Partners Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
AUDIO: Rick Wells

TACHE HALL, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The University of Manitoba owns an historic landmark building on campus under design for adaptive reuse and conversion into music practice rooms and studios. This will be complemented by construction of a new 525-seat recital hall/opera house; the Conklin Theatre, a 175-seat end-stage facility; large rehearsal rooms; an electro-acoustic studio; and other spaces, to create complete facilities for their extensive music education program. TALASKE assisted with the master planning of the project and is an integral member of the design team.
Cost: $95M. Completion: 2015
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: LM Architectural Group
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

MEMORIAL UNION BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – Madison, Wisconsin
TALASKE worked with the design team and university to plan the renovation of this iconic campus building. Work on the lakefront facility included renovation of the 1,300-seat Union Theater, reconfiguration of the 170-seat Play Circle Theater, and master planning of the entire Memorial Union Building including dining rooms, ballrooms, seminar and meeting rooms, conference rooms, offices, and an outdoor performance and seating area. Cost: $52M. Completion: 2014.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Uihlein/Wilson Architects and Moody-Nolan

CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, OBERLIN COLLEGE – Oberlin, Ohio
The iconic buildings designed by famed architect Minoru Yamasaki in the 1960’s have helped nurture the growth of one of the nation’s finest music conservatories. While preserving the historic architectural design, TALASKE assisted in updating the facility with modern amenities and acoustical performance. This effort included the addition of a new recital hall, the shaping of music education spaces, noise control of revised building mechanical systems, and preserving and enhancing the acoustical separation between spaces. Executed over three phases, Bibbins Hall was renovated to meet contemporary acoustical and functional standards with out disrupting the academic year. Cost: TBD. Completion: 2014
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY – Anderson, Indiana
The project consists of an addition to their existing Fine Arts Building, including a 320-seat recital hall, two art galleries, a lobby and backstage support spaces. The stage supports an orchestra of up to 45 musicians and a choral loft accommodates up to 75 voices. The goal was to create an intimate environment for the students to use throughout the year with excellent acoustics to support a range of music.
Cost: $3.9M. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: krM Architecture

BAILEY HALL, PURDUE UNIVERSITY – West Lafayette, Indiana
As participation in the Purdue Musical Organizations continues to grow, the limited existing rehearsal spaces no longer sufficed. A new purpose-built facility for PMO includes two large rehearsal rooms with recording capabilities, two specialty rehearsal rooms, group and individual practice rooms, and the Great Room—large multipurpose space that will host large rehearsals, banquets, concerts and other campus events. Cost: $5M. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Schmidt Associates

WEITZ CENTER FOR CREATIVITY, CARLETON COLLEGE – Northfield, Minnesota
Carleton College purchased a former public school building located adjacent to their campus. This building is being converted into the Weitz Center for Creativity through the adaptive reuse of existing spaces, plus a new addition. The facility includes a black box theatre, cinema, dance rehearsal rooms and studios to support video and audio recording activities. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle LTD

BRADEN AUDITORIUM, ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY – Normal, Illinois
TALASKE is helping to renovate the 3,500-seat Braden Auditorium on the Illinois State University campus, including the surrounding support and meeting spaces. Modification of the room’s acoustics to better support current and future needs is necessary, as well as the design and specification of new performance audio and video systems. Uses range from contemporary to classical performance, dramatic productions, dance, touring shows and film. Cost: TBD. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Perkins+Will

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC, NEW BUILDING – Chicago, Illinois
When this locally renowned music education organization decided to expand into a new building in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, uncompromised audio quality and acoustic isolation were absolute musts. This three-story building houses several new music and dance classrooms, as well as a multipurpose performance hall that will serve as a venue for concerts and dance events. New audio systems were being provided for all spaces. Demanding classroom adjacencies also provided a unique challenge for acoustic isolation. Cost: $10M. Completion: 2011.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Inc.)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY MASTER PLAN FOR THE ARTS – University Park, Pennsylvania
The rich and storied arts education program at PSU is housed within multiple excellent facilities, including Eisenhower Auditorium, Schwab Auditorium, and the Playhouse Theatre. A survey of the arts facilities on campus is underway to identify a master plan that will serve the needs of the university for decades to come. Included is the development of a conceptual design to upgrade Esber Recital Hall.
Cost: TBD. Completion: TBD.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky

EDMAN CHAPEL, WHEATON COLLEGE – Wheaton, Illinois
In this 2,500-seat auditorium, aging equipment and acoustical deficiencies were hampering the presentation of a range of performance and assembly events. TALASKE evaluated the existing systems and acoustics and developed a master plan for Edman Chapel improvements. Implementation involves a phased process beginning with new production and presentation video systems. These systems interface with the campus broadcast system and allow digital projection on a large center screen for presentations and magnified images of performers on stage. Future work may include the additon of side balconies. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Opperman Architects

WENTZ CONCERT HALL, NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE – Naperville, Illinois
The project includes Wentz Concert Hall, a 617-seat recital hall for acoustic and amplified music presentations; a flexible black box theatre with 150 to 200-seats; instrumental and choral rehearsal halls; a dance studio; art gallery; numerous practice rooms and classrooms. Cost: $29M. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Loebl Schlossman & Hackl
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

DE JONG CONCERT HALL, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY – Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University hired TALASKE to guide them through the design and procurement of a new concert enclosure for the 1,485-seat de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center. Following the development of a schematic design, TALASKE solicited design-build services from leading stage equipment manufacturers. This procurement method allowed the architectural and acoustical customization of a standard orchestra shell at an intermediate cost point between off-the-shelf and custom designs. Cost: $790,000. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE

BLOCH PERFORMANCE HALL, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Morgantown, West Virginia
This project focused on room acoustics design for renovation of 200-seat recital hall. The design included major reshaping of the ceiling; visual upgrades to the room, including the addition of wood and sound-diffusing materials; and the incorporation of retractable sound-absorbing materials. Additional acoustic services were provided in 2008 for a review of practice, rehearsal and performance spaces at the Creative Arts Center. Cost: $1.6M. Completion: 2003 & 2008.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects

ARTHUR MILLER THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – Ann Arbor, Michigan
This facility allows various arts organizations at the University of Michigan to have a shared space for teaching, production, creation, rehearsals and performance. Departments include dance, costume, audio/video/lighting and acting for both stage and camera. The facility includes the 292-seat Arthur Miller Theater, a recording suite, three large rehearsal and dance studios, smaller production studios, offices and shops. Cost: $23M. Completion: 2006.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants

STAMPS AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – Ann Arbor, Michigan
The 2nd phase of the Walgreen Theatre Complex included the 460-seat Stamps Auditorium, designed for lectures, presentations and music recitals. The lecture space serves 5 separate colleges with in the University and includes recitals for the School of Music. Cost: $5.5M. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants

CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Children’s Theatre Company, one of the leading professional theatre companies for young people, undertook a 45,000-square-foot expansion and renovation to house a second theatre, classrooms, dance studio and rehearsal rooms. The new Cargill Theatre, a fully configurable space seating up to 298, was programmed for teens and preschoolers, two groups considered to be under-represented. This theatre is capable of quiet intimacy for preschool audiences, as well as energetic productions with nonstop music to engage teenagers. Cost: $24M. Completion: 2005.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Michael Graves & Associates with RSP Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Trizart Alliance

MILWAUKEE YOUTH ARTS CENTER – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Symphony Youth Orchestra and First Stage Children’s Theater transformed a printing factory into a shared Arts Center with four large rehearsal rooms and several ensemble and teaching studios. A planning study focusing on room acoustics and acoustic isolation informed the selection of the building and the subsequent design. Cost: $12M. Completion: 2005.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Uihlein/Wilson Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Richard Rogers

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – Chicago, Illinois
TALASKE provided room acoustic, acoustic isolation and noise control design for a music building (VOA) with 200-seat recital hall, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and faculty studios. The project included extensive renovation of the 450-seat auditorium (VOA/Raymond) for multi-use performances and lectures. Cost: $24M. Completion: 2004.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Inc.) & Raymond Professional Group (independently)
AUDIO CONSULTANT: Audio Systems Group, Inc.
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

PRESSER HALL, BEREA COLLEGE – Berea, Kentucky
A well-regarded college serving Appalachia, Berea has a strong commitment to arts education. An innovative recommendation for Presser Hall—raising the roof and ceiling of the existing proscenium theatre—created a single-volume recital hall suitable for lively choral and organ programs. Other reconfigurations for the music department created modern rehearsal rooms, faculty and practice studios. Cost: $6.5M. Completion: 2003.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: EOP Architects

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER – Chicago, Illinois
Designed for one of Chicago’s growing not-for-profit arts and educational programs, this 40,000-square-foot arts center in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood provides spaces for expanding music, dance, arts, film and performance needs. Performance spaces include a 410-seat proscenium theatre used for dance, theatre and film, a studio/black box theatre, dance studio, art gallery, music studios and classrooms. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Wheeler Kearns and Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

SIMPKINS HALL, WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – Macomb, Illinois
The adaptive reuse of a WPA-era gymnasium into a 500-seat recital hall for the Department of Music required a close collaboration of acoustician, architect and theatre planner. Careful design of room shapes and surfaces and utilization of adjacent acoustic volumes resulted in a tunable hall that provides the acoustical experience of larger space. Cost: $3M. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

SAUDER CONCERT HALL, GOSHEN COLLEGE – Goshen, Indiana
The music center is one of the most impressive acoustic venues in the country. Sauder Concert Hall, a single-purpose, 1,000-seat hall serving the college and community, hosts outstanding performances of touring world-class soloists and ensembles. The new, tracker-organ-ready, 250-seat recital hall, classrooms and practice and faculty studios enjoy excellent acoustics and sound systems. Cost: $16M. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects and Schmidt Associates
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Robert Davis, Inc.

OLD TOWN OF FOLK MUSIC, LINCOLN SQUARE – Chicago, Illinois
Located in a former library, this 43,000-square-foot school now presents music and dance from around the world. An intimate 421-seat performance hall, acclaimed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “maybe the best concert venue in town,” was created from a space once used for library stacks. In addition to hundreds of classes for young and old, the school hosts performances by international and local artists. Cost: $4.5M.Completion: 1998.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECTS: Wheeler Kearns and Morris Architects Planners
AUDIO DESIGN: Audio Systems Group, Inc.

MUSIC BUILDING, CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY – Mount. Pleasant, Michigan
The 500-seat concert hall is the focal point of the 119,000-square-foot music building, which includes a small recital hall, three large rehearsal rooms, audio recording spaces and more than 100 practice rooms and faculty studios. The university established the goal of acoustic excellence for its new music facility.
Cost: $18M. Completion: 1997.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Harley Ellis (formerly Harley Ellington Design)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

HARPER COLLEGE – Palatine, Illinois
This 400-seat multipurpose hall is designed for spoken-word theatre and music. The staging flexibility allows for the creation of a modest thrust arrangement. Cost: $6M. Completion: 1998.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Burnidge Cassell Associates
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE FACILITIES – Saginaw, Michigan
Instead of developing a shared 1000-seat auditorium as planned, the design team consulted with the users to devise two smaller dedicated spaces: a 425-seat recital hall and a 600-seat theatre with a fully rigged stagehouse. The facility also houses rehearsal rooms, a video studio and conference center for community activities. Cost: $33M. Completion: 1997.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Harley Ellis (formerly Harley Ellington Design)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

JAMES LUMBER CENTER, COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY – Grayslake, Illinois
The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts includes performance and education spaces for theatre and music programs. The 600-seat Mainstage Theatre, 250-seat thrust stage Studio Theatre, and 125-seat black box theatre provide varied performance environments for students. The thrust theatre include sound reflecting surfaces specially designed to provide uniform speech clarity regardless of the position and orientation of a performer. Cost: $24M. Completion: 1997.
Acoustics: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Legat Architects with HOK
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Jerit/Boys Inc.

ARTS CENTER, ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Elgin, Illinois
For this 147,500-square-foot arts complex designed to serve the needs of the college and its urban community, flexibility and acoustics control were key goals. The 650-seat “Stage One” theatre accommodates theatrical and music performances, musicals, electronic music and general assembly events. Cost: $22M. Completion: 1995.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Burnidge Cassell Associates
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Jerit/Boys Inc.

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