Kilbourn Hall Restoration

Considered to be on the finest chamber music halls in the world by aficionados, Kilbourn Hall serves as the primary location for students, faculty and guest artist recitals, chamber music, jazz performances and operas.

The 455 seat hall is known for its remarkable beauty of the Venetian Renaissance style, pure acoustics and excellent sight lines. Because of the outstanding acoustics, the hall is a frequent choice for commercial recording sessions.

CJS was retained for asbestos abatement in the hall which was removed from the area between the exterior concrete structure and ornate wood coffered ceiling. The firm developed a construction and ACM removal document which would preserve the acoustical properties of the hall.

During the mitigation, areas of the hall that demonstrated deteriorating conditions were restored. The frieze and proscenium underwent cleaning and restoration. Each ceiling tile was analyzed, categorized and documented. Any that were damaged were replaced with materials and finishes that would match the acoustic properties and appearance of the other tiles.

A profound aspect of the project that emerged aside from architectural preservation, we realized acoustical preservation is critical to a musical experience in a space.

University of Rochester Rochester, NY 2012
  $1,950,000 5,680 sqft. Cultural Organization
  Expansion, Historic Structure Higher Education Performing Arts
Awards Design Award of Merit AIA Rochester 2017