Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus East Wing

Design Achievement - DLR Group's design for the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus East Wing will provide much needed performance and rehearsal space to elevate the arts curriculum on this urban campus. The performance and rehearsal spaces use angled interior glazing and operable drapery for adaptable acoustics. A double glazing concept using two glazing assemblies physically separated by 1-to-2 feet provides acoustic insulation at exterior walls while allowing ample daylighting and views. The rehearsal room and music lab are built on a floating floor with double walls to provide acoustic isolation from the rest of the building, allowing simultaneous use with the music hall. The two primary design materials are wood and glass. Composite wood panels are used in the interior and exterior walls and soffits, creating a visual and textural connection to the adjacent Broad Stage. Much of the building is clad with a structural glass curtain wall. Flat and corrugated metal panels, cementitious fiber board panels, and smooth cement plaster complete the exterior materials.

Scope Summary - This 20,000 SF structure comprises three primary use spaces: the 4,550 SF music hall on the first floor which opens up to the plaza for overflow space or outdoor performances; a 1,840 SF rehearsal room on the third floor; and a 1,660 SF music lab on the third floor. The second floor serves as a mezzanine and provides abundant storage space. The building is targeted for LEED Silver certification and features a roof-mounted PV array, low VOC and certified wood products, and superior water efficiency. The project also gains credits for its urban infill setting, particularly its proximity to public transportation. DLR Group provided master planning, site planning, architecture, and interior design services.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Citation Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Fernando Valley
  • Design Award

    Southern California Development Forum

Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus East Wing

Santa Monica College