Oberlin Birenbaum Innovation & Performance Space

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2016
  • Area

    • 3,200 ft²
  • Cost

    • $944,000

Design Achievement - Widely renowned for its innovative music program, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music offers students the opportunity to learn and perform in a number of world-class facilities. Unlike the Conservatory’s more traditional, formal venues, the new Birenbaum Innovation & Performance Space (BIPS) offers an authentic “jazz club” atmosphere that encourages an interactive dynamic between performer and audience and allows for more experimental musical expressions. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design creates a modern, intimate venue with distinct volumetric zones for collaborative teaching and performance. Offering versatility and functionality, the flexible space easily transforms from classroom to club, becoming an incubator for diverse and unexpected experiences. Situated within the vibrant Oberlin Green Arts District (master planned by DLR Group|WRL as well), Oberlin BIPS complements the District by inviting students, faculty, and the community to interact, to learn, and to be entertained. 

Scope Summary – The project involved a fit out of an existing space within the basement level of the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. The 3,200 SF fit out included a flexible, teaching / performance space consisting of a raised stage and seating for more than 100 patrons, first-level vestibule and staircase, gallery, full bar/lounge, innovative laboratory space/green room, storage, and restrooms. The stage accommodates flexible configurations with adaptive amplification and audiovisual elements that enhance live performance. Seating options range from bar seating and banquettes to tables and chairs. The fit out aligns with the overall facility’s sustainability efforts that seeks LEED Platinum certification, Net-Zero energy consumption, and Net-Zero carbon production. DLR Group|WRL provided architecture, interior design and FFE, structural engineering, and signage services for this project. 

DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined Healthcare expertise and design resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a collaborative Healthcare Studio committed to elevating the human experience through design.

Oberlin Birenbaum Innovation & Performance Space

Oberlin College