Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus
Spring 2016 Update


It's all hands on deck and a seven-days-a-week schedule as the team moves in to the home stretch on the Campus. Targeting May and June certificate-of-occupancy dates, the approximately 200 workers are creating a "hive of activity" and a "wonderful, busy mess of trades" as teams are on site working on multiple facets of the project at once.

The buildings have truly taken shape now and the Campus's beautiful new profile is set. Work is progressing quickly in the areas of siding, drywall, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing.

Hurst Hall, a dramatic and spacious rehearsal hall, is furthest along with a complex array of different siding materials (metal, wood-colored cementitious Minerit, Kalwall, and glass) coming together to striking effect. Inside, the acoustic clouds are finished on the ceiling and diffusers are being installed on the walls.

Hurst Hall will double as the gym for Campus partner Aspen Country Day School (ACDS), and, in fact, it was the measurements of a regulation middle-school gym that determined the floor size for the building. The considerable height was then determined by what volume was needed for the correct acoustics with that floor space. Removable wall panels will change the walls from multi-angled in the summer (which produce the correct acoustics) to flat during the school year for optimal ball play. This is yet another example of the intensive attention to detail that both partners brought to the planning of this joint Campus.

As with Campus's other rehearsal halls, huge air ducts in Hurst Hall will convey the heating and cooling--ducts 20 percent larger even than those in Edlis Neeson Hall. (The large ducts make the air flow silent as to not disturb rehearsals.) The chiller is housed on the roof of the building, necessitating significant amounts of sound insulation. There is even transparent glass underneath the translucent, day-lighting Kalwall material to provide more sound protection.

The Upper Studio Building, which will function as the ACDS science and middle school building, features four brass-specific practice and teaching studios. How to isolate instruments that can reach decibels over 110? (For reference, a jackhammer blasts away at about 120 dB.) The brass rooms feature dividing walls made of solid cinder blocks--the only walls like that on the entire Campus. Other rooms in the building will feature sound-proof Skyfold room dividers like the ones in the Lower Studio Building to create two teaching studios from each classroom.

The new cafeteria will be a jewel of the Campus and serve as a central gathering space. It features a wrap-around deck, creek-side counter, and a bright, glass-enclosed dining area for 140. The professional kitchen is significantly larger than the former one and there are multiple food prep spaces. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work continue "at a furious pace," kitchen exhaust hoods are in, and spaces are being readied for the rest of the equipment to arrive. Planning, down to the centimeter, has been intensive for this space. One note of whimsy: In the dining area, a central station for condiments will be made from a cored tree with a circular shelf attached. The construction team cheerfully calls it "the Ketchup Tree."

The renovated administration building and new administrative space above the cafeteria are starting to show the new graceful flow as hallways and offices take shape. The restored historic lobby space will have a working gas fireplace insert in the 1890s fireplace. It will reflect cozily in the off-seasons on the original exposed beams of the 20-foot ceiling.

The beauty--both old and new--of the Campus is being revealed at an entirely new level now. The care for detail of the historic mine owners and the vision and intention of architect Harry Teague are coming together in a way more spectacular than one could have imagined.

Stay tuned for one final construction update in early May--and mark your calendar for July 11 for the official grand opening celebration of this glorious Campus.

(Updated: March 18, 2016)


Spring 2016

"The Quad" Takes Shape - February 24

Architect Harry Teague envisioned a "quad" on the Bucksbaum Campus, bordered by the new Hurst Hall (left), Upper Studio Building (right), the historic mining residence structure (middle), and ponds (foreground). Photo: February 24 by Harry Teague.


New Teaching Studios 

The Upper Studio Building, which adds nearly 11,000 new square feet to the Campus, will bring many more teaching studios to these pastoral environs. This photo taken on March 11, shows the the "quad" side of the building.

Steel Framing

An office is framed in the central space of the Upper Studio Building, near a larger open gathering or rehearsal space. Campus partner Aspen Country Day School will use the building for middle school and science. Photo: February 19.


Studios with Views

In this photo taken on February 5 of the two-story Upper Studio Building, one can see the views that will grace these beautiful creek-side studios. 

Stairs to Studios

Staircases on both ends of the Upper Studio Building allow easy access for teachers and students and reduce hallway noise. Photo: February 12.


Chiller Installation

On February 26, both the air handler and chiller were installed in Hurst Hall in a dramatic display of overhead crane work.  


Siding Practice

The metals and wood-colored Minerit are shown here on site on a board where workers tested the siding techniques. Photo: February 26.


Hurst Hall on March 11 

By March 11, incredible progress has been made on Hurst Hall. At this point it is the furthest along and slated to be finished first.


Hurst - Another View

On February 26, architect Harry Teague snapped an interior shot of Hurst Hall. Walls are taped and ready for drywall. Acoustic clouds are being framed on the ceiling.


Old Flows to New 

The 1890s mining structure, on the right, is connected to the new cafeteria and offices, on the left, by walkways. The new building triples the square footage, adding 16,566 square feet to the 8,735 existing in the older building. Photo: Jan. 22.


Full View - Cafeteria

The first floor of the building pictured above will be mostly the new cafeteria, enclosed by glass on three sides. Administrative offices are above. Photo: February 26 by Harry Teague.


Offices Take Shape

Workers glaze windows of the administrative offices. Photo: February 26.

Cafeteria Infrastructure

The most infrastructure-intensive zone on the Campus is the commercial kitchen and cafeteria. When complete, diners can choose inside or deck seating, or the creek-side counter. Photo: March 11.


Prodigious Ducts

Massive air ducts in Hurst Hall heat and cool the building silently. The ducts are twenty percent larger than the ones in Edlis Neeson Hall. Photo: Feb. 26.


Hurst Hall Siding

Siding is applied to the huge outside walls of Hurst Hall. Placed at the top, translucent Kalwall helps "daylight" the room. Photo: March 3.


Acoustic Panels - Hurst 

On March 3, workers are seen installing curvaceous "acoustic wall clouds." These improve acoustics by diminishing right angles and flat wall space.


Hurst - Another View 

Here is another shot by Teague in Hurst Hall on February 26. The team of more than 200 workers is now on site seven days a week, twelve hours a day. Light snowfall in February helped progress.


Corner Office

A member of the Shaw Construction team works on the cafeteria/administration building under bluebird skies. This also shows something of the spectacular view from the conference room that will soon be here. Photo: February 12. 


Historic Lobby Space

Pictured above is the view from the second floor walkway that looks down on the central space of the Hardy Administration Building, also a historic 1890s mining building. Photo: Feb. 26 by Harry Teague.  


Closing It In

Sheetrock begins to be installed at the end of January in the stairwell of the administrative building.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the quad, there are two buildings to support maintenance work, including a garage and the "bike barn" to store and work on bikes lent to students in the summer. Photo: March 11.