Chapman University Musco Center for the Arts

Orange, California

  • Services Structural Engineering
  • Market(s) Education
  • Awards 2017 United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Merit Award
    2018 Architizer A+ Jury Award - Cultural/Hall-Theater
    2017 Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA) Good Neighbor Award
    2016 AIAOC Citation Award
    2016 END California Best Projects Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship Category


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  • Owner Chapman University
  • Architect Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Inc.
    (A Perkins Eastman Studio)
  • Contractor McCarthy Building Companies
  • Collaborators Syska Hennessy Group
    Nagata Acoustics, Inc.
    Horton Lees
    Brogden Lighting Design
    Bennitt Design Group
  • Team Los Angeles, CA
Chapman University Musco Center for the Arts

The Chapman University Musco Center for the Arts is a world-class performing arts center and education facility for the theater, music and dance departments of the University’s College of Performing Arts, as well as a cultural destination campus. The center’s Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall features 1,044 seats on three levels in a multipurpose proscenium-style theater. The center also includes a recording studio, dressing rooms, scene shop, prop shop, administrative offices and a multi-level lobby. Unique sound features include a field-applied plaster sound lid, “petal walls” and a multifaceted radius millwork balcony front, each weighing 20 lbs. per square foot. Stringent acoustical needs demanded extensive resilient hanger and vibration isolation requirements for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and acoustical detailing at all penetrations. The project team used Lean Construction delivery methods, 3-D laser scanning, and 3-D BIM, allowing the team to work efficiently and tackle challenges quickly.

Additional Services Provided:

  • Building Design
  • Vibration Analysis & Measurement
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