Project Description


Musician/philanthropist Herb Alpert, co-founder with his wife, Lani Hall, of the Herb Alpert Foundation, is funding the core element of the $9.5 million Harlem School of the Arts – Renaissance Project.   Following discussions with WSDG Founding Partner,  John Storyk,  the Alpert’s were convinced that the leading architectural/acoustic/systems design firm embodied a philosophical synergy that fully aligned with their goals for the school building’s renovation.


WSDG Partner/COO/Project Manager,  Joshua Morris describes the scope of the project as,  “An ambitious opportunity to establish a multi-purpose performance space for Harlem School of the Arts students.   When completed the building’s 3,500 square-foot main lobby will feature a two-story high glass wall facing St. Nicholas Avenue”,  he adds.


Projected for completion in 2020, the renovation of the entire 45,600 square-foot building will be highlighted by the replacement 40-year-old building’s original two-story “Brutalist-style” brick exterior.   That structure will be replaced by a double-height,  glass wall angled at 5-degrees off the vertical, and analogous to the Allen Room which WSDG helped create for the Jazz at Lincoln Center.   The design will help to establish a unique acoustically “tuned” performance environment.   When completed, this dramatic space will serve as the focal point for a multiplicity of musical,  dance and theatrical performances.   Concurrent to the Harlem School Of The Arts Renaissance project,  WSDG is developing the acoustic design for a small theater, in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.   HSA redesign team was lead by Celia Imrey of Imrey Studio,  a NY-based firm recognized for its work on museum and library design.


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