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Baldwin Wallace College
Berea, Ohio
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Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
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project info

Firm’s Responsibilities:
Developer/Owner’s Representative.

Total Development Cost:
$24.2 million

Client References: Bill Reniff, Baldwin Wallace University, Director, Conservatory of Music, 440-826-2401, breniff@bw.edu

The renowned Conservatory of Music Program at Baldwin Wallace University was housed in three buildings on the private college’s historic campus. In order to create a more collaborative and efficient use of their space, it was necessary to renovate their existing spaces and design an addition that would tie all three buildings together.

The buildings that were part of the project included the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea, Merner-Pfeiffer Hall and Kulas Auditorium. The Church was purchased by the college to be used as additional performance and practice space for their growing music and performing arts programs. All three buildings were incorporated into an existing historic district and are now included on the National Register of Historic Places in order to take advantage of federal and state historic-tax credits. The college's desire to utilize these creative financing tools created multiple layers of coordination among the college’s Board of Trustees, historical regulatory agencies, the historic consultant, the design consultants and the Construction Manager. MCM led the team through the process and ensured that the project was designed and constructed in accordance with the strict standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior for Historic Tax Credit projects.

The newly renovated spaces include a new large performance/practice space, small, medium and large practice studios, a classroom, a percussion area, a reference library, faculty offices, administrative space and an outdoor performance space. The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music is also home to the world-renowned Bach Library.

Since the buildings are historic, much of their existing infrastructure was out-dated and required upgrades to the existing MEP systems as well as a new fire protection system throughout. The project included utilizing Geo-thermal energy to provide their heating and cooling and is currently pursuing LEED certification.

The project development plan mandated that renovation and construction be completed within sixteen months requiring a phased project schedule with work taking place throughout the school year.