Boora Architects

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Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University – GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
PICA 2005 Temporary Art Center
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Scripps College – Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
UTPB–Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech – Integrated Arts Center
Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
Dartmouth College Hopkins Arts Center
Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
Earlham College Science Building
Harvey Mudd College – Learning Building
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Michigan State - Cook Recital Hall
Old Dominion University – GoodeTheatre
Oregon State Univ – Classroom Building
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Scripps College – Music Building
Stanford – Knight Management Center
Stanford – Nano Engineering Center
Stanford – Huang Engineering Center
Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
Stanford – Y2E2 Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
UTPB–Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech – Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Vernonia K-12 School
Boles/Kahle Beach House
Boora Beach House
360° House
The Step House
Kitchel Residence
The Tower House
Coastal Residence
Baker Prairie Middle School
Beaverton School District
Central Catholic High School Expansion
Clackamas High School
Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College – Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Stanford – Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

Boora directed the renovation of the Garrison Theater and designed a new rehearsal hall, music library, and classrooms facility, creating the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. 

The Garrison Theater's original design recalled a Greek temple -- heroic in scale, and fully opaque with its interior spaces disconnected from its exterior spaces -- though rendered in a Modernist character of the mid-20th century. Scripps College needed to adapt the building - from a venue for dramatic performance to a hall for symphonic music, dance, and convocation, with added rehearsal space, studio space, seminar rooms, and a music library.

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To accommodate the music education spaces called for, new construction would be needed to supplement the existing theater, which could be adapted into the new music venue but would not offer enough space for the library, studios, seminar rooms, and rehearsal space. In planning the site for the new music complex, Boora looked to the existing Scripps campus, characterized by a Mediterranean system of open-air courtyards at the center of its buildings, linked to each other by outdoor walkways.  For this reason, the design team's plan for the new music complex positioned the new buildlings in such as way as to create an outdoor space at the center of the complex, respecting the campus fabric while giving the department of music its own hearth.

The design of the new buildings limits their height, so that they defer to the heroic scale of the existing theater building and allowit to remain the anchor for the complex. The music library and 110-seat rehearsal room are placed on the two most prominent corners of the site, balancing each other in the building’s south elevation. Tempered by external sunshades that limit overheating and glare, their extensive glazing permits the activities inside to transmit to the surrounding environment. Where the new construction requires an opaque treatment, a brick matching that of Garrison Theater’s existing skin has been utilized, updating the rusticated banding of the existing load-bearing wall with subtle shifts of surface pattern.

Within the existing theater, targeted modifications to the performance space allow the facility to evolve from a single-use venue into a multi-purpose performance hall. In order to achieve the acoustical environment necessary to support orchestral works while staying within the existing building envelope (mandated by the modest budget), the ceiling of the hall was opened, exposing the structure's trusses and.  This added height in the audience chamber boosted the room’s reverberation time, making it more suitable for symphonic performance using natural acoustics. Other acoustical improvements include an extended forestage, a new portable acoustical shell, and new diffusive wall panels.

in addition the serving as the main venue for music performance on the Scripps College campus, the peroformance space also hosts convocations and lectures.

The back-of-house spaces that previously accommodated the theater's scene shop were adaptively re-used into seminar rooms.

New studios for music faculty are located behind the library.  They are accessed via the new courtyard at the heart of the complex.

Awards

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Award of Merit, 2004

City of Claremont Architectural Commission
Excellence in Design, 2003

International Interior Design Association
Merit Award, 2004
Other arts centers

BodyVox Center for Dance

Collin County Center for the Arts

Mesa Arts Center

Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

Pomona College Seaver Theater

Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Temporary Theater

University of New Mexico Fine Arts Center

UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Arts

UT Austin Bass Performance Hall

UT Permian Basin Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center
Other university buildings

Earlham College Fine Arts Center Study

George Fox University Stevens Student Center

Harvey Mudd College Teaching & Learning Center

Linfield College Campus Master Plan, Nicholson Library Adaptive Reuse, Miller Fine Arts Center, and Bull Center for Music

Northern Arizona University College of Business Administration

Old Dominion University Diehn II Music Building and Monarch Theater

Pomona College Arts Facilities Master Plan and Byron Seaver Teaching Theater

Portland State University Lincoln Hall Renovation

Stanford University Science and Engineering Quad Master Plan and Design Guidelines

Stanford University Yang &Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building

Stanford University Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center


Stanford University Nanoscience and Technology Building

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

University of Alaska, Southeast Egan Library

University of California, Santa Cruz Arts Facilities Improvements

University of California, Santa Cruz McHenry Library

University of California, Santa Cruz Digital Arts Facility Programming Study

University of Oregon School of Music + Dance