Founded in 1943, TEC de Monterrey has grown to include 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout Mexico. Always considered a trail-blazing seat of education, the university includes schools of Medicine, Business, Architecture, and Pro-Audio Music Production. In September 2017 a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck a devastating blow to Mexico City, leveling many buildings including the home of the original TEC de Monterrey Audio And Music Production teaching complex. In an effort to rebuild the teaching facility for this popular course as quickly as possible, Director of Digital Music Production & Engineering, Diana Ivette Urquiza, reached out to WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group.
Starting from scratch, WSDG Partner/Director of Business Development Sergio Molho rapidly mobilized WSDG’s global team of architects, acousticians, system designer/integrators and interior designers to develop an architectural and aesthetic design for the new complex. With a dedicated 2000 sq. ft. block of real estate on the ground floor of the Medical Building, WSDG developed a design program, which featured three Control Room/Live Room/ISO Booth teaching studios built with full room-within-room isolation. The complex also includes an inviting student reception area.
Working with TEC de Monterrey’s vibrant color palate of blues and reds, WSDG partner/interior designer Silvia Molho created six distinctive environments. Studio CR A and its spacious Live Room are outfitted with variable acoustic panels and ceiling clouds covered with cool blue fabric. Both CR A and B are distinguished by bold floor to ceiling perforated metal wall treatments and striking wooden rear wall diffusers. CR and Sound Lock B offer warm red fabric draped wall and ceiling treatments. The reception room echoes the cool blue vibe of CR A. The challenge of developing a sense of spaciousness for each of the three studios was to enable up to 50 students and professors to work simultaneously within the 2000 sq. ft. teaching studio while maintaining absolute sound isolation between the rooms. Years of experience in designing close to 4000 studios and educational facilities around the world informed WSDG’s ability to meet all of TEC de Monterrey’s goals in record time. The complex was completed in September 2018 less than a year after the earthquake.