The new Greenwood School of Music building is quickly taking shape. Many of the project’s top donors, including lead benefactors Michael and Anne Greenwood, had a unique opportunity to observe the building’s design during a Dusty Boots tour in September.
Dr. Jeffry Loeffert, director of the Greenwood School, and members of Manhattan Construction led groups throughout the facility, describing the process and techniques that made each space perfectly suited for music education. Practice rooms and classrooms are intentionally isolated from other spaces where music will be played. None of these rooms feature parallel walls, which will allow sound waves to travel throughout each room uninterrupted. Faculty offices are also acoustically designed with one-on-one instruction in mind.
"The Greenwood building significantly elevates the stature of our program. It will positively impact every facet of teaching, learning and performing."
The four-story building will feature multiple rehearsal and practice rooms to accommodate small and large groups, instrument-specific learning suites, a variety of studios, faculty offices, a music library, instrument lockers and more.
Every detail of the common spaces, offices, rehearsal spaces and classrooms will create an environment that fosters creativity among both faculty and students, allowing each to hone and share their craft.
The Greenwoods said the progress was wonderful to see, especially the student lounge that connects the building with The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. OSU students will utilize this space to gather, collaborate, and host private receptions following performances in the world-class facility.
Students will have access to muchneeded spaces to learn, rehearse and thrive throughout the Greenwood School, Loeffert said.
“The Greenwood building significantly elevates the stature of our program. It will positively impact every facet of teaching, learning and performing,” he said. “Our students and faculty are exceptional, and with the addition of a world-class instructional facility, we are now poised to achieve at the highest level. We are genuinely grateful for all the donors who have made the Greenwood School of Music building a reality.”
With only $1.5 million remaining in the fundraising effort, the project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2021.
At the time of this printing, crews are focusing on interior framing, insulation and installing drywall on each floor. Interior spaces will soon be painted, and the east and north faces of the building have been completely bricked. Progress has also started on the barrier ceilings in the large rehearsal halls.
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