Center for the Arts

Towson University • Towson, Maryland

A $53 Million Modernization and Expansion of a Center for Performing and Fine Arts

The ambitious expansion and renovation of Towson University’s facilities for the performing and fine arts included a 122,000-square-foot addition built around an existing 165,000-square-foot building. The project upgraded the center’s performance and studio space and added a new music recital hall, dance studios, and an art gallery. Challenges included the incorporation of building systems that would not interfere with acoustics in sound-sensitive places, addressing strict environmental control standards for the art exhibition and storage spaces, and developing an effective phasing strategy for working in and around the occupied building. Wrapping the addition around the existing facility also required addressing complex challenges in terms of extending the building systems and ensuring safe and effective ventilation strategies. Mueller’s role included complete MEP design, as well as lighting, fire protection, and security system design.

Architects

Wilson Butler Lodge Architects/Design Collective

Client History

2024: College of Health Professions; Perkins + Will and JMT Architecture
2024: Glen Towers Improvements; Design Collective
2018: Residence Tower Renovation; DCI Architects
2015: Burdick Hall Generator Replacement
2014: Burdick Hall Renovation; Marshall Craft
2014: Camus Utility Study
2013: Linthicum Hall Renovation
2010: Hawkins Hall HVAC Upgrade
2009: Cook Library AHU Replacement
2008: Cook Library Archives Renovation & Expansion
2006: Center for the Arts; Wilson Butler Lodge Architects/Design Collective
2004: Chilled Water Plan and Distribution System Study and Improvements
2004: Center for the Arts, Modifications to Medium Voltage Electrical Services
2002: Enrollment Services Building HVAC Replacement
2001: Campus Utilities Upgrades
1999: Fine Arts Building Chiller Replacement
1999: Newell Dining Hall Renovations
1999: University Union Building Addition
1997: Boilers 2 and 3 Replacement
1995: Cook Library Computer Room

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  • The relationship between mechanical systems and room acoustics is critical. This was a very large, complex project. Mueller performed well across the board.

    Jim Carroll, AIA
    Design Collective, Inc.
  • The relationship between mechanical systems and room acoustics is critical. This was a very large, complex project. Mueller performed well across the board.

    Jim Carroll, AIA
    Design Collective, Inc.