For 48 years Quigley Hall has housed Western State Colorado University’s music and art departments without a major renovation. The building needed structural, accessibility and life safety improvements, along with updated teaching, lab, studio and performance space, to meet the needs of a 21st century higher education institution.
Significant student and faculty input helped prioritize the improvements to the building. At the top of the list was better sound proofing and acoustic engineering to the music recital hall and better ventilation in the art studios.
The project adds a 8,000-square-foot partial second story that increases studio, gallery and classroom spaces. The concert recital hall was enlarged and reconfigured by converting many multi-leveled spaces into one level, creating complete ADA accessibility in all areas and allowing easier movement of equipment and instruments throughout the building. A wrap-around balcony and offstage storage space were also added to the concert recital hall. The renovation provided a new, accessible entry, improved office and common space, new archives and storage spaces and life safety and systems updates throughout.