Project Description

Client: University of Missouri- Columbia
Location: Columbia, MO
Surface Area: 43,000 ft2
Year Completed: 2019
Architect:Andrew Mixdorf, BNIM Architects

The Details

This new School of Music Building began with the demolition of existing structures at the site. This 42,814 square foot building was designed to provide optimum acoustic facilities for numerous types of performances, practices and and classes.

Sound isolation and noise control through special acoustical materials and construction was given special attention on this project.  Room acoustics are balanced by the room shape, volumes, surface finishes and backup construction of walls, ceilings, and floors to ensure a beautiful, acoustic environment.  Specific concerns included the projection and distribution of sound, control of echo and flutter, communication among performers, and appropriate level of loudness and reverberation for the specific use of each room.  Design features allow for flexibility and adaptability to emerging trends and needs.

Structurally, the project included cast in place spread footings, cast in place columns and a cast in place superstructure. Other structural components included CMU load bearing walls, precast concrete panel exterior walls, and structural steel columns and a steel framed roof.  There are three occupied levels and a fourth-floor penthouse.

Mechanical work included vibration control for the VAV’s and air handling units.  Ductwork included silencers for acoustical treatment and elimination of HVAC system noise.

The new school of music has specific conduit routing restrictions and included all LED lighting and addressable fire alarm system.

The University’s website describes the facility as follows:

The Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield Music Center (SMC) opened in 2020 with these features, all acoustically isolated and optimized:

  • Large instrumental rehearsal room for band, orchestra, percussion, jazz band, and new music ensembles
  • Choral Hall for small recitals and choral rehearsals (100-seat capacity), including a new Steinway 7’ grand piano
  • Three classrooms for music education, music theory, and a music lab including group piano equipment
  • A suite of offices for the administrative staff and a faculty workroom
  • A state-of-the-art recording studio with control room and isolation booths
  • 14 faculty offices for history, theory, music education, conducting, and percussion
  • 6 practice rooms for percussion
  • 20 general practice rooms, including two large ones for chamber ensembles
  • Storage for large and small instruments belonging to the School of Music
  • Large ensemble library