Millikin Center for Theatre and Dance

Millikin University
Higher Education
BLDD Architects, Inc.
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The Center for Theatre and Dance project, completed for Millikin University, included the new construction of a three-story, 61,000-square-foot performing arts center and academic facility located in Decatur, IL. The innovative facility houses the university’s theatre and dance program with a convertible theatre and orchestra pit, sound and light labs, dance and acting studios, classrooms, offices, and a three-story lobby with a 40-foot ceiling. The project also features a basement for mechanical systems, theatrical storage, and an orchestra pit. The building was constructed with a concrete foundation, steel structural frame with metal studs, and brick veneer exterior walls. The interior walls were built of metal stud with multiple layers of gypsum board to meet the necessary sound transmission class ratings. To prevent sound transmission between floors CORE isolated all mechanical equipment between the floor and ceiling above, and ceiling tiles were suspended on springs to prevent any noise vibrations from traveling. Miles of conduit were installed, making the implementation of the acoustical engineering and woodwork a feat requiring superior quality craftsmanship. CORE effectively partnered the most skilled trade partners on the project to ensure the utmost quality of construction.


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