Erdman Anthony designed mechanical and
electrical renovations for the Hochstein School of Music, a premier performing
arts institution dedicated to providing music and dance opportunities for the
community in Rochester, NY. This unique facility comprises three buildings, two
of which formerly served as churches. Renovations focused on implementing
state-of-the-art HVAC and lighting features in the performance hall, located in
one of the historic church buildings.
To minimize performance
disruptions and maintain the performance hall's superb acoustics, the HVAC
equipment was located on an adjacent roof and connected to the attic space for
distribution throughout the building. Ductwork silencers were installed within
the low velocity air-handling system. These solutions minimized ambient noise
and vibration, ensuring a suitable venue for recordings and performances while
creating a comfortable, climate-controlled auditorium. To further meet the
stringent humidity, temperature, and noise level specifications, Erdman Anthony
tied the air-handling unit in with an existing ice storage system, saving
$50,000 in installation costs while providing ongoing utility savings. Erdman
Anthony incorporated portions of the existing HVAC system into the new design to
help this not-for-profit institution maximize funding, and we implemented an
energy management system to save $16,000 yearly.
electrical design installed new stage lighting and new light fixtures for the
entire hall. The selected fixtures matched the building's architectural
characteristics while meeting current code requirements for emergency lighting.
Furthermore, programmable colored neon lighting was added in the roof dome to
complement the performance hall's distinctive aesthetic features and enhance the
performance atmosphere. Erdman Anthony's attention to detail, responsiveness to
the client's needs, and creative design solutions successfully transformed the
Hochstein Performance Hall into a modern, world-class musical venue while
maintaining the historic building's architectural and artistic integrity. This
accomplishment earned the 2000 Engineering Excellence Award, Gold Medal, and
gained worldwide recognition for the institution.
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