Maximizing functionality on a limited budget
Recognizing the need to update Varner Hall with modern infrastructure and spaces better equipped for today’s music, theater and dance students, Oakland University (OU) selected Stantec to lead its design of a major renovation and addition.
Our team worked in tandem with OU to achieve a goal of improving student and public experience while replacing critical infrastructure at Varner, which was built in 1970 and is home to the University’s School of Music, Theater and Dance. Our team of planners, engineers and designers developed creative design interventions, making a significant impact to the functionality and public-facing spaces in an existing facility with a limited budget. This includes adding new lobbies to help clarify building circulation, address accessibility issues while also creating a new front door to the building. Major elements of the master plan included the Stantec-led investigation into the HVAC and other building systems. We soon developed options for the University to replace and update these systems within the existing building.
The impact these improvements will have on the school’s students and faculty, as well as those attending performances, will be realized in every area of the building, especially as it relates to air handling, lighting, and improved spaces.
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