the university of chicago, mandel hall renovation
chicago, illinois

Project Team

McGuire Igleski Architects

Theatre Consultant
Schuler Shook

Mandel Hall at the University of Chicago hosts a wide array of performances throughout the year – from a chamber music series to hosting the University’s largest ensembles in rehearsal and concert, and even Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. Our initial study set out long-term goals for Mandel Hall by analyzing and quantifying the current conditions, targeting support of artistic performance and enhancing the audience experience. New orchestra shell towers as well as a re-shaping of the stage side walls to more evenly support performers on all parts of the stage, provide an acoustically strong backdrop for the performers. These recommendations, along with new seating, carpeting, and overhead reflectors, increasing noise control of the mechanical systems, and improving sound isolation from the active building that surrounds it, provide the University a road map for facilities improvements in the future.