Cincinnati Music Hall Renovated for First Time in 50 Years
Cincinnati, OH—Pennoni was thrilled to celebrate the reopening of the iconic Cincinnati Music Hall the weekend of October 6, 2017. A true historic landmark in Cincinnati, Ohio, built in 1878, the building stands tall and is located just a short walk away from Washington Park in the Over-the-Rhine area of city center. The Hall had not been renovated in nearly 50 years and needed immediate repairs and enhancements to improve safety, accessibility, and to improve the overall experience of patrons. This past weekend, it reopened after a complete renovation to the overall aesthetics and building systems.
In 1975, the Hall was declared a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since its inception, the Hall has been host to a wide variety of performances from opera, ballet, and theatrical performances, to exhibitions such as automobile shows, sports matches, and even the Democratic National Convention in 1880. Amongst all performances and noteworthy visitors, the Music Hall is best known for its central portion; the elegant, acoustically renowned Springer Auditorium— recognizable to millions.
To address the aging infrastructure in the most efficient manner, many firms lent their expertise to ensure the project was a success. The architectural design was performed by two architecture firms. The prime architect was Martinez and Johnson, (M+J) Architects of Washington DC and the managing architect was PWWG Architects of Pittsburgh, PA. Messer Construction of Cincinnati was the General Contractor. Structural engineering was performed by THP of Cincinnati, acoustical consulting and AV/IT design was performed by Akustiks of Boston, MA. Springer Auditorium was designed by Shuler Shook of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the project management and financing was performed by 3CDC development corporation of Cincinnati. Pennoni was the MEP design engineers for the project and the Engineer-of- Record. Pennoni was assisted in the design by a design assist team which included, Dalmatian Fire for Fire Protection; Peck, Hannaford and Briggs for mechanical systems; Nelson Stark, Inc, for Plumbing and ESI, Inc, for Electrical and Fire Alarm systems. Pennoni provided a design for the complete renovation and upgrade of the buildings and major MEP systems. Notable enhancements include the complete redesign of the ultra-quiet HVAC system that supplies air to Springer Auditorium, a new electrical infrastructure upgrade and a complete redesign of the fire alarm system. Additionally, there were two new areas of expanded foot print within the south and north halls that were created to increase the Hall’s office and rehearsal spaces.
This massive undertaking of multiple renovations was implemented using the latest 3D modeling software, Revit by Various sub-contractors hired by Messer whom assisted Pennoni in design coordination to construct the design. The 3D design was utilized to avoid costly change orders and better coordinate the new systems in the historically significant building. Cost controls included a value engineering process that helped identify where the Music Hall’s money was best invested for facility improvements. The project was able to expand its renovation into areas that were not originally in scope due to cost saving measures that were identified throughout the project and from an increase in private donations. Utilizing newer technology and prioritizing ongoing client and partner communication, Pennoni and the team’s renovations were completed in a timely manner and have already proven cost-saving when compared to standard project methodology.