Boora Architects

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Arts Centers
Campus Buildings
Civic Buildings
Custom Homes
K-12 Schools
Mixed Use
Planning
Renovation
Sustainability
Workplaces
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

Bass Concert Hall is the centerpiece of the University of Texas, Austin’s 18-acre, nine-theater performing arts complex. Following an 18-month renovation of its audience chamber and patron amenities, as well as the expansion of its 5-story lobby with a new steel and glass façade, Bass Concert Hall now stands as a glowing beacon for the arts on campus.

Built in 1981, Bass Concert Hall’s Brutalist design featured a heavy brick exterior and a dark interior, reminding campus visitors and community members of a bunker, not a performing arts center. Despite its aesthetic deficiencies, the building remained an active part of campus life due to its prominent location adjacent to Royal Memorial Stadium.

In 1999, the building failed to meet new campus-wide fire and life safety standards. So the campus commissioned Boora Architects with associate architect CCS & H to study how the facility could most efficiently meet the Fire Marshal's requirements. The study determined that safe use of the venue would require enclosing the main fire stairs, creating safe exiting, adding a sprinkler system and inserting a new smoke evacuation system in the five-floor lobby. Accessibility to public spaces and restrooms would also have to be improved to meet Texas Accessibility Standards.

Facing a yearlong closure of the facility to make these upgrades, the University decided to simultaneously improve the experience of performers and patrons in the facility.

With one of the largest stages in the country and seating for 3,000 patrons, Bass Hall had the potential to serve as one of the most significant venues in Austin, capable of hosting the largest touring productions. To achieve this goal, the campus directed the Boora team to design full lobby and audience chamber improvements, as well as a new front facade to give the building an architectural identity that communicates its function as a significant cultural venue.

Inside the audience chamber, upgrades included new finishes, increased lighting, an opened ceiling with adjustable acoustic curtains and new surfaces on the side walls. The stage itself was updated with new cheek walls and a forestage canopy to improve sound projection, and a new forestage grid to improve lighting flexibility. Bass Concert Hall now accommodates an expanded range of touring performances in a better acoustical environment for amplified sound.

To create greater transparency to the ‘front of house’, the brick façade of the building was removed. A light, glassy addition expands the existing 20,000-square-foot, five-level lobby by 10,000 square feet, thereby improving the facility's ability to accommodate large campus gatherings and receptions. Finishes throughout lobby have also been updated and the number of women’s restrooms has been greatly increased. An outdoor balcony at the lobby’s top floor provides views of the UT Tower, the stadium and the LBJ Library and Museum.

The simultaneous renovation and expansion of Bass Concert Hall consolidated and reduced costs, minimized disruptions to the campus community and reversed the sense of opacity that had dominated an important and prominent facility on campus.

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

Portland State University Lincoln Hall Renovation

University of New Mexico Fine Arts Center

UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Arts

University of Oregon School of Music + Dance

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

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

Northern Arizona University Franke College of Business

Old Dominion University Diehn II Music Building and Monarch Theater

Stanford University Science and Engineering Quad Master Plan and Design Guidelines

Stanford University Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building

Stanford University 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 McHenry Library