Proctor Academy Maxwell Holland Music Building
Nature of Work: 3,959 SF new construction to house practice rooms, performance areas, and a recording studio
Location: Andover, New Hampshire
This facility gives students a resource for advanced sound recording and music instruction that is unrivaled in prep school circles, not to mention most college campuses.
On the outside, the Music Instrument Building looks like one of the many restored white clapboard buildings that dot the campus, but the inside is one of a kind.
The building was designed by Jack Piercy, an internationally renowned acoustical engineer based in New London, New Hampshire.
Every part of this building is designed to eliminate vibrations. It’s quite literally a building-within-a-building. There is an exterior wall, then a two-inch air space, and then an inner wall, all with special sound insulation materials. The walls are over 14 inches thick. The roof is a similar system.
The 3,959 square-foot building’s first floor includes four rooms: a large studio with a cathedral ceiling; a cutting-edge control room; a small isolation studio; and an office.