Under a design-build contract, the project scope called for the conversion of an office-type space into a band training facility for the U.S. Army Europe Band, located in Sembach, Germany. The project housed music/dance practice rooms, audio control room servicing three practice spaces, a library, open and private offices, lockers, showers, restrooms and a break room.
As this was an extensive interior renovation and with no possibility of conducting work on the envelope, the main challenge in the project was to develop construction details that enabled the stringent acoustic requirements, while working with a thin roof structure that exacerbated the acoustic challenges.
Here is some of the feedback from the band members 6 months after they moved in:
“I have been in the army band for 13 years and have seen many band training facilities all over. This building, by far, provides the best acoustics I have seen”
“The acoustics in this building simulate a concert hall very closely” /
“We really appreciate that this building feels and behaves like it was designed for musicians”
Location: Sembach, Germany
My Role: Intermediate architectural designer / Design-phase PM
Additional Credits: Design is owned by URS Corporation.
Lead architect: Albin Toth