Hamel Music Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music Madison, WI

A new $55-million, 80,000-square-foot Hamel Music Center was planned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Strang reached out to raSmith to provide structural engineering based on the staff’s unique qualifications in reverberation and acoustics design.

All halls were designed to be acoustically independent of each other for pure sound. The concert hall has 60-foot-tall, 16-inch-thick concrete walls with integral recesses and projections to trap and deflect the acoustics. Flanking each side of the concert hall are floating concrete box reverberation chambers. Both the rehearsal and recital halls were designed to have a unique exterior precast skin that has an accordion-like appearance. Acoustical isolation of the three halls from the remainder of the building was paramount in the structural design of the project.

Once complete in fall of 2018, the facility will allow students and faculty to discover music in a world-class facility. The music center will include a rehearsal hall, 319-seat recital hall and 662-seat concert hall, plus common space and a recording studio.

UW Madison Camp Randall Upper Deck Coating