Skanska has been picked to build the new Knight Recital Hall at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. The state-of-the-art building will feature sound recording control booths, performance spaces and projection technology in the structure’s exterior.
Designed by architecture firms H3 and Arquitectonica, the 22,700-sq-ft, two-story building will consist of a recital hall space with orchestra, stage, and parterre, a rehearsal hall, practice rooms, lobbies and offices. Skanska will also improve surrounding landscapes and underground utilities.
The project broke ground earlier this summer and is slated for completion in the winter of 2023. Among the hall’s unique elements are acoustical wall panels and smart film for projecting images on the building’s exterior. The building also plans to pursue LEED Silver certification.
It will be Skanska’s third project for the university following the Frost Institute for Chemistry and Molecular Science, currently under construction, and the completion of the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, which was selected as Project of the Year in 2015 in the Urban Land Institute’s Vision Awards.
“The Knight Recital Hall will bring to life the talent of music programs and welcome visitors from around the world,” said Michael C. Brown, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska’s Florida building operations. “We take great pride in knowing that we are building innovative projects for schools and universities that are forming the future leaders of our communities.”