Bienen School of Music
Location: Evanston, IL
Total Floor Area: 152,000 SF
Date Completed: Fall 2015 (target)
LEED™ Certification: Silver (anticipated)
Located next to Lake Michigan on the south end of NU’s campus this new state-of-the-art five-story building will allow the University to bring all facilities, theatres, technical shops and performance venues that are part of the Arts Circle Complex to the Lakefront. Intended to be an iconic centerpiece on the university campus, the facility will include a 400-seat recital hall, large choral rehearsal room, a 150-seat opera rehearsal/black box theater, administrative offices, classrooms, 138 practice rooms, music lab spaces, teaching studios, student lounges, locker areas and a dramatic 3-story entrance lobby.
As Commissioning Authority, E Cube developed and is executing the LEED Commissioning Plan consisting of a comprehensive, multi-stage commissioning process for the mechanical (HVAC), electrical, HVAC controls, lighting controls and emergency backup systems. Major MEP systems include campus chilled water and steam, high-efficiency energy recovery air-handling units with UV filtration and humidification, active chilled beams, enhanced sound attenuation features, and advanced digital lighting controls.