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Music School Renovation and Addition
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Size of Project: 38,500 square feet
LEED Silver Certification

The $5.6 million renovation and addition of ENMU’s Music Building transformed the 1940’s era building. The reconfigured interior focused on providing efficient and functional spaces to accommodate choral rehearsals, percussion and piano studios, a recording studio, practice rooms, classrooms, and administrative offices. A key element of the project was the renovation of Buchanan Recital Hall, a 235-seat music performance space. Acoustical improvements, new seating in a raked arrangement, and an audio/visual system to expand the range of performances the space can support revitalized this community amenity.

The addition, including a new double height glass entry, transformed the building’s exterior and floods the interior with natural light. All elements of the improvements were designed in harmony with the original campus design idiom but with a contemporary interpretation. Adding a number of new windows allows abundant natural light to reinvigorate the previously dark and artificially lit spaces. The windows transform educational and creative spaces within the facility and establish the Music Building as a distinctive campus building.