• Workers put the finishing touches on the outside of the historic Art Center, which will house the music department
  • The Art Center opened in January 1986 after architects restored the historic Deane School building to preserve its original exterior appearance
  • The center, which housed Reynolds Gallery, will be a hub for Westmont’s burgeoning music department
  • The contractor is nearing completion, installing light fixtures, ceiling panels, acoustic panels, flooring and bathroom fixtures and painting the walls
  • New interior walls constructed within the existing walls were framed with steel studs and filled with insulation
  • Steel channels connected to the studs hold isolation brackets, which have two layers of sheetrock attached to them
  • The acoustic requirements raised the second floor several inches higher
  • The two-story structure will provide office and practice space for the music department’s five full-time professors and 26 adjunct instructors
  • The walls of the new music building literally vibrate to absorb sound
  • On the lower floor, crews poured lightweight concrete to create an acoustic buffer
  • On the walls and ceilings, acoustic panels absorb and deflect sound to enhance the experience of practicing
  • The new music building will feature eight office studios, 12 practice rooms, a recording studio, a composition lab and a reception area

Music Building Renovation

Pictures taken on June 16, 2011

Location: East Campus