More than a reflection of the architectural shell, the interior design and furniture selection were crafted to respond to the needs of the users and the functions within each space. Taking into account flexibility and ease of storage, the faculty studios were furnished and arranged to reflect each professor’s teaching methods, thus maximizing their interactions with students. Public spaces provide a variety of learning environments ranging from high-top cafe tables to mobile lounge chairs, quiet, private alcoves to open public environments, flooded with natural light.
Tracking LEED Gold certification, the Jacobs School of Music is projected to use 47 percent less water and 18 percent less energy than a typical building its size. The reduction in energy use will save the University an estimated $19,000 every year based on current energy prices.
Landscape architecture responsibilities included leadership on a full master plan involving the complete site and landscape design for the 5.25-acre site with a 20-foot grade change. The site design responds to the need for the project to integrate easily with the fabric of the campus while providing a fresh contemporary aesthetic. Pervious asphalt reduces storm water runoff which is captured and filtered by a rain garden. Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf is the Architect-of-Record and shared design responsibility with Flad Architects.