Hancher Auditorium Replacement

Alvine Engineering engaged with architect Pelli Clarke Pelli during the earliest programming and conceptual design stages to integrate the building systems with the building’s unique architecture while supporting the varied needs of a performance space. This new facility replaces the original flood-damaged Hancher building but now at seven feet above the 500-year flood level. The replacement of Hancher included a large 1,900-seat, multi-purpose proscenium theater, front-of-house and back-of-house support spaces, rehearsal room, and administrative offices. The School of Music program space, including the scene shop, costume shop, recording studio, and performing arts production offices were included in the replacement building.

The design completely isolates the auditorium structure from the rest of the building to ensure the ideal acoustics required for a state-of-the-art facility.

Project Highlights

  • Certified LEED Gold.
  • Coordinated modeling was used to ensure mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology devices were placed in discreet or unseen locations to preserve the iconic architecture.
  • Use of in-slab heating systems on the floors adjacent to the exterior glazing systems to offset chilled or radiant cooling.
  • The main performance hall is served by multiple zones of underfloor displacement ventilation systems to allow custom coverage and increase energy efficiency for smaller audiences.
  • The HVAC system design includes multiple air handling units to provide optimal energy efficiency in areas that are not being utilized.
  • Building material selection gave careful consideration to withstanding humidity and temperature changes. The selected materials also optimized energy savings.
  • The liberal use of horizontally and vertically curved surfaces required cutting-edge Revit customization to ensure accurate collaboration.

College of Business Administration

This multi-story, multi-million dollar College of Business Administration building is anticipated to have five levels, one below ground and four above ground. An atrium is foreseen, giving the college a place to hold events to engage the community.


Five Partners Place

Alvine Engineering designed the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems for this new 100,000-square-foot, 4-story, multi-tenant office building for the University of Oklahoma. Our team worked closely with the architect and the University to ensure that project criteria and standards were met. The project was designed in multiple phases in order to start construction while tenant spaces were being designed.


Paul Merage School of Business

The new School of Business provides a high-tech 300-seat auditorium, a dining hall, resource centers, classrooms, study rooms, and a trading and technology lab. There is also a large meeting hall for symposiums with an outdoor terrace for receptions. The terrace overlooks a new shaded courtyard which is heated from below.