Teaching complex of the recording studio of the Irvine Borland-Menske-Zentrum of Concordia University
Concordia University, a private Christian university on 70 acre campus in Irvine, California, USA, was founded in 1976 to provide a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod College for the Pacific Southwest. Concordia’s extensive music education program is based on a rigorous core of music courses dedicated to developing performance musicality, leadership and collaboration, critical listening, and an intellectual understanding of the various contexts of music. Bauer Architects from Newport Beach designed an outstanding building to give the campus a distinctive architectural statement.
Designed as a critical element in the inspiration and preparation of next-generation teachers, artists, theologians and production professionals, the reception complex is located in the basement of the new 34,000 square foot University, Worship & Theology and Christ College Buildings. The WSDG was commissioned to design the system and its system integration and to provide comprehensive acoustic advice. The sophisticated modeling, measurement and instrumentation tests and programs of the WSDG were used to predict and coordinate the individual room acoustics and auralization in the entire complex prior to construction.
The main floor of the Concordia University Music, Worship & Theology Building houses a 2,250 square meter orchestra hall and a 900 square meter choir rehearsal hall. On the lower floor there is a studio, which is new to the university’s offering, with an 800 m² live recording room with three ISO booths and a 300 m² control room. Classrooms, an open office suite, faculty offices, an event room as well as conference and breakout rooms are located throughout the building. The building houses twenty practice rooms ranging in size from 70 to 240 square feet and twelve faculty studios between 140 and 180 square feet for specialized practice and teaching tutorials.