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

In 1997, Boora and the University of California, Davis embarked on a collaborative planning and design initiative for a new campus entry precinct anchored by the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, an 1,800-seat multipurpose performing arts venue serving the Sacramento Valley. The scope of the planning effort included the arts center along with an entry drive, a one-acre park, landscaped open space, a 722-car parking garage, and a 900-car parking lot. In conjunction with the entry precinct plan, Boora programmed, planned, and designed the Mondavi Center for the Arts. The stakeholder group included university administration, the campus arts presenters, academic faculty, and regional ensembles.

Featuring world-class acoustics, the 1,800-seat Jackson Hall was designed primarily for symphonic orchestra and choral singing. However, the venue boasts one of the most advanced multipurpose designs of any performance hall in the United States.

The center is also one of the most sustainable performance halls in the county.  In addition to daylighting, high albedo surfaces, a stone skin for thermal lag, and an underfloor displacement ventilation system, the center uses century-old Douglas fir for acoustical paneling.  Lost during 19th century timber operations, the trees from which these boards were sourced stayed preserved at the bottom of Ruby Lake in Vancouver, British Columbia, until they were salvaged in the 1990s for re-use.

Jackson Hall's variable acoustic elements allow it to be reconfigured to accommodate drama, musical theater, opera, dance, and convocation. Of Jackson Hall, San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas said on opening night "You have a fine instrument here -- we would like to come back!"

Housed upstage, a demountable orchestra shell allows the hall to be easily and quickly converted from a theatrical venue with a full-height fly tower to a concert hall.  Positioned at the rear of ths stage apron, the orchestra shell advances the performers beyond the proscenium, putting musician and audience member effectively in the same room.

Like Jackson Hall, the Mondavi Center's studio theater can accommodate a wide range of events and performances.  Through the deployment of extensive multipurpose systems, these events can include rehearsals, banquets, cabaret functions, lectures, recitals, and black box theatrical performances.  A 40-foot-wide operable window wall connects the space to the Davis arboretum visually and spatially.  When the window wall is open, performances and receptions can spill outdoors.

The Mondavi Center's grand lobby serves both Jackson Hall and the Studio Theater with state-of-the-art patron amenities.  Students and community members alike use the space for rehearsals and events. The lobby's extensive use of glass offers dramatic views of the outdoors while allowing natural light to suffuse the space. For guests viewing the center from the outdoors or approaching campus from the regional I-80 freeway, the tall, transparent curtain wall projects the energy of the performance-going experience.

Like a porch sheltered by a sunshade, the Mondavi Center's front elevation features a soaring canopy that not only protects the lobby from glare and heat gain.  It also protects the space at the building's main entry so that it can be used as a performance space with proper control over outdoor ambient light.

Throughout the design process, Boora produces communications tools with the intent for our clients to repurpose them for fundraising.  In the case of the Mondavi Center, several watercolor views of the building and a scale model in Basswood were delivered to the university's chancellor for his development work.  They helped to secure a $5 million gift for Jackson Hall from Barbara K. Jackson and a $10 million gift for the entire center from Robert and Margrit Mondavi.

The master plan for the new entry precinct envisioned the phased completion of buildings and roadway realignments that together will create a memorable campus arrival sequence.  A performing arts center, a food and wine institute, and a planned visual art gallery symbolically declare the new UC Davis, a top-20 research institution offering a balance of technical and humanistic offerings where the world's leading thinkers -- whether scientific or artistic -- shall convene.

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

Scripps College Music Building & Performing Arts Center

University of New Mexico Fine Arts Center

UT Austin Bass Performance Hall

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

Earlham College Fine Arts Center Study

George Fox University Stevens Student Center

Linfield College Campus Master Plan

Linfield College Nicholson Library Adaptive Reuse

Linfield College Miller Fine Arts Center

Linfield College 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

Pomona College Byron Seaver Teaching Theater

Portland State University Lincoln Hall Renovation

Stanford University Science and Engineering Quad Master Plan and Design Guidelines


Stanford University Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building

Stanford University Jen-Hsun Huang School of 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
Selected publications

Architectural Record
"A performing arts center raises the bar on flexibility and sustainability" (Building Types Study), October, 2003

Dance
"California's New Stage," October, 2002

Los Angeles Times
"The Mondavis Toast the Arts: A $10-million gift helped build UC Davis venue," October 9, 2002

New York Times
"Near Sacramento, Finally, a Big-City Arts Center," October 13, 2002

Sacramento Bee
"Flexible, Adaptable, Green: Mondavi Center all about sound thinking," Otober 3, 2002

San Francisco Chronicle
"Mondavi Gala is Just the Beginning," August, 2002

Sunset
"Mondavi's New Release," October, 2002

Wall Street Journal
"Tonight, the Concert Hall Takes Center Stage," October 3, 2002
Awards

American Insitute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Honor Award, 2003
People's Choice Award, 2003

American Insitute of Architects (Pacific Region)
Award of Merit, 2004

International Interior Design Association (Portland Chapter)
Honor Award, 2003