Size: 155,000 SF
Cost: $80 Million
Completion: March 2015
Opened in 2015, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts is situated on the lakefront and integrates completely with Regenstein Hall of Music. The Ryan Center’s three performance venues include the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater, and David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room.
Designed by Chicago-based architectural firm Goettsch Partners, the design features a limestone base supporting an exterior that is primarily glass, taking maximum advantage of the site’s lakefront location and views of the Chicago skyline. The 155,000 square foot building consists of 5 stories plus a lower level. The top floor accommodated administrative and faculty offices of the School of Communication. The majority of the building, serves the Bienen School of Music, and includes classrooms, teaching labs, academic faculty offices, teaching studios for choral, opera, piano and voice faculty, practice rooms, student lounges and administrative offices. There is also a choral rehearsal room and library, an opera rehearsal room/black box theater and a 400-seat recital hall.
Major building systems included central chilled water and hot water, radiant heating/cooling floor slabs, radiant heating/cooling ceiling panels, energy recovery air-handling units, DDC controls, automatic solar shading, advanced daylight dimming and high-efficiency domestic water heating.