Drew University
Dorothy Young Center for the Performing Arts
Client:Drew University
Project Category:Colleges and Universities
Architect:Farewell Mills & Gatsch
Completion Year:2005
Location:Madison, New Jersey
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Capacity:430 seats
The historic Drew University campus in Madison, New Jersey has a new choral and orchestral music hall  

After investigating three design options for the building, the design team and the University chose a 430-seat Recital Hall with a lobby that adjoins the existing arts and theatre wing. The building is adjacent to an historic forest and has views of Drew's main campus building, Mead Hall.  The new hall incorporates state-of-the-art theatrical and acoustical systems, including a center tear-drop shaped acoustical reflector collaboratively designed by FDA, Jaffe Holden Acoustics and FMG Architects.  This reflector, lined with concert lighting instruments, can be easily lowered into the house when it requires servicing.  Motorized acoustic drapes allow the acoustic qualities of the room to be adjusted for various performance types, including instrumental and pop music.

The room  functions both as a teaching and performance space for the University's music department, as well as a valued new resource for the community and  surrounding region.