By Joel Scanlon
The Bienen School of Music will built on the lakefront of Evanston campus of Northwestern University. Following construction, the facility will also include the School of Communication, besides accommodating Bienen School’s music curriculum.
Music/Communication Building Construction to Begin
The location of the new building will be at the south side of the Pick-Staiger
Concert hall and linked with the Regenstein Hall of Music at Northwestern’s lakefront campus’ southern end. Situated at the east of Interpretation Center and Theatre, the five-story structure will enable an excellent view of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan.
This 150,000 sq.ft new building will comprise academic faculty offices, classrooms, practice rooms, teaching labs, teaching studios for jazz, choral, opera, voice faculty, and piano, administrative offices and student lounges. In addition, a 400-seat recital hall, an opera rehearsal/black box theater, a choral rehearsal/recital room, and choral and orchestra libraries will be built.
The School of Communication administration, with the dean’s office and other offices for faculty members will be accommodated on the fifth floor of the new facility.
A 120 ft wide, spacious green space at the west of the building will include new Music and Arts Green, facilitating special entertainments and events. Pedestrian safety and accessing vehicles to the building will also be facilitated through the green space. The facility anticipates initiating its construction during May, which will be processed through three years. However, the achievement of construction and occupying the facility will take place during 2015 fall.