Berkshire Hills Music Academy Art Performance Center
Located in the hills of South Hadley, Massachusetts, Berkshire Hills Music Academy (BHMA) is dedicated to facilitate the education and support of young adults with Williams syndrome and other special needs to develop life skills through the use of music activities and training. SBA is developing a design for the historic campus that integrates the original Skinner estate with a new state of the art performance center.
The 5,000 sqft new building includes a multiuse space for music and dance supported by a series of smaller ensemble rooms and practice rooms. A café lounge for the students will double as the public lobby for events. Views into and out of the building, highlighting an age-old and visually striking copper beech tree, will aim to integrate the surrounding natural landscape with the acoustically attenuated interior experience. The project is on track to be substantially completed by September 2016.