Hope College Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
State: Michigan Completed: 2015
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, located on Hope College’s campus in Holland, Michigan, includes two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the Department of Music. The 64,000 square foot complex was completed in fall 2015.
Kerkstra provided rectangular beams, wall panels and hollowcore for this project, totaling 54,812 sf of precast concrete. The walls consisted of 8” and 15” thick solid wall panels, reaching a height of 65’ in the performance hall. The completion of precast installation was a critical milestone that we pushed to meet in order to allow other finishing trades efficient time to focus on the quality of finishes in this high profile performance hall.
Soundproofing the building was one of the most important parts of the project as the building was designed to facilitate a unique fine pipe organ. This custom-built organ constructed at the hall made Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts the only purely musical hall in West Michigan with an embedded concert organ. Our precast concrete proved to be a great solution as it allowed sound barrier to be attached to the walls blocking out unwanted noise.
"Kerkstra’s ability to manufacture, and ship to the job site to meet an aggressive schedule was excellent. We were facing hard winter conditions in a February/March erection. Road restrictions were due to come on at any time, and Kerkstra beat the schedule, and kept the project on time."
Bill McLaughlin, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Kerkstra's precast panels were the perfect option to meet both our schedule and our stringent acoustical requirements for our new concert hall."
Kara Slater, Hope College
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