Photo by Brad Feinknopf
Solution

University of Rochester, Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

Rochester, NY

Completion

2013
University of Rochester, Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

Photo by Brad Feinknopf

University of Rochester, Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation
University of Rochester, Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

Centrally located on the University of Rochester campus, Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation is a small, but dramatic structure nestled between I.M. Pei’s Wilson Commons and historic Morey Hall. With overlook areas and flexible interior spaces for students and faculty to reconfigure as needed, the building layout promotes collaboration for digital media studies and engineering arts. SGH designed the structure for the building, featuring a large, three-story atrium connecting to adjoining spaces.

 

Scope | Solutions

 

SGH collaborated with the design team and evaluated different structural options. We designed the structure for the exposed steel-framed building.  The structure includes the following:

  • Cast-in-place shallow spread footings and foundation walls bearing in natural soils or on structural fill

  • Architecturally-exposed and polished first-floor, concrete slab on grade

  • Elevated slabs consisting of concrete on composite steel deck

  • Lateral-load-resisting system consisting of a combination of steel moment-resisting frames, steel concentrically-braced frames, and reinforced concrete masonry unit shear walls

  • Acoustically-isolated slab at third-floor recording studio

  • Cantilevered, cable-supported slabs around three-story atrium

  • Monumental, cable-hung, structural steel stair

 

We reviewed cost estimates and provided construction administration services throughout the project.

 

In addition to the work at the Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, we also performed a structural evaluation and designed a concrete masonry elevator shaft and support for additional mechanical equipment in Morey Hall.

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