• Client: University of Iowa
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa
  • Area: 185,000 GSF

Alvine Engineering engaged with the architect during the earliest programming and conceptual design stages to integrate the building systems with unique architecture while supporting the varied needs of a performance space. Hancher includes 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 includes the scene shop, costume shop, recording studio, and performing arts production offices.

Project highlights:

  • The auditorium structure is completely isolated from the rest of the building to ensure ideal acoustical requirements for a highly-regarded performing arts facility.
  • Coordinated modeling was used to ensure mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology devices were placed in discreet or unseen locations to preserve the iconic architecture.
  • The main performance hall is served by multiple zones of underfloor displacement ventilation systems to allow custom coverage for smaller audiences, increasing energy efficiency.
  • The HVAC system design includes multiple air handling units to provide optimal energy efficiency in areas with low occupancy.
  • Liberal use of horizontally and vertically curved surfaces required cutting-edge Revit customization to ensure constant and accurate collaboration.