The Vivian A. Bull Music Center contains many state-of-the-art features including a concert hall, a rehearsal room, a sheet music library and improved “smart” classrooms, which are highly insulated soundproof rooms to prevent sound bleeding through the walls and disrupting other classes. In addition to the challenging technological aspects of the project, WALSH’s team was responsible for intricate finish work on both the interior and exterior of the building. Inside, thin wooden panels form a curved pattern to provide added soundproofing. Outside, a sophisticated design incorporating brick, concrete, wood and glazing creates the building’s dramatic look. Large glass panels come together to form a point, and are surrounded by a delicate angled pattern of individual wood panels, recessed in some places, that were cut and matched up to align perfectly. The location features a recital hall, seating 100 people, with windows spanning from ground to ceiling allowing a natural background to performances.
Vivian A. Bull Music Center
14,454 SF state-of-the-art music center
“I have been fortunate to work with Walsh Construction over the last 10 years on $22 million of new and remodel projects. These projects included both residence and academic buildings and were all constructed on time and at or under budget.
Their construction teams are talented and always work for the best interest of the owner. For example, Walsh assisted in value engineering of a new music building. Working with Linfield and the architects, they successfully identified $300,000 in VE, which was well praised by all involved. The ability to identify problems before they occur, develop cost effective solutions and construct a high quality product is the cornerstone of their construction management style.”
- John Hall Director of Capital Planning and Development Linfield College
“The project was completed on a very tight timeline, restricted budget, and with other challenges. However, the building was ready for occupation in time for the start of the academic year at Linfield College. The grand opening…was met with enthusiastic acclaim for the new facility.
I was particularly impressed with Walsh’s ability to work so professionally within the college environment. Walsh Construction provided a wonderful team across the board. The new music building is a testament to their work. It looks like a music building, it feels like a music building, and now we know that it sounds like a music building.”
- Dr. Faun Tiedge Chair, Department of Music Linfield College
“I wanted to let you know how much everyone has appreciated and enjoyed the wonderful space Walsh and all of your subs built for us. The quality is outstanding and we receive nothing but accolades from visitors about the quality of the construction, and the care and detailing of the finish work.
As you can tell, we are very pleased and satisfied. We extend our thanks and appreciation to you.” - Richard N. Bourassa Professor of Music Linfield College