Berklee’s New Residence & Performance Tower: Music to Boston’s Ears
Berklee College of Music’s new building was built to expand recording-based teaching tracks and provide performance spaces for students.
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The college’s new dorm/performance building at 160 Massachusetts Ave houses recording studios and music students.
By Jessica Kennedy

Even with 16 stories worth of recording studios and student dorms constructed into 155,000 square feet, John Storyk says Berklee College of Music still didn’t have enough room to include all the amenities programs directors wanted in its new 160 Massachusetts Ave building.

“Programming was a long process and involved many people and many heads,” says Storyk, cofounder, architect and acoustician of Walters-Storyk Design Group. “Everyone wanted more than we had room for.”

However, three years and $100 million later, Storyk says the new building has amped up the way the college teaches its students and expanded its class repertoire.

While most of the building’s floors are comprised of student rooms, it also includes 21,400 square foot cafeteria and performance space, and two basement floors loaded with production studios and equipment.

Studio 1, which is located on Level A in the building’s basement, is designed to accommodate as many as 50 orchestra members, recording/mixing suites, control rooms for classes, and two ISO Booths. Studio 2, also located on Level A, features another ISO Booth and control room.

A live recording and mixing session in one of the building’s new studios.

Level A also houses a Central Machine Room, which encases half of the building’s “enhanced connectivity.”

“Upwards of 100,000 feet of cable has been linked via some 5,500 individual connectors,” Storyk says, describing the wiring connecting to the central machine room.

Level B is made up of rooms catered to small ensemble recording, Studio 3 (which contains the second Central Machine Room), another ISO Booth, Live Room, and Mastering/Critical Listening Lab. Level B also has a Dubbing Stage loaded with Dolby Atmos equipment, along with ISO Booths, Overdub Booth, and Production Control Suite.

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Jessica Kennedy - Site Editor
Jessica Kennedy is an editor at TechDecisions Media, targeting the higher education market. Jessica joined the TechDecisions team in 2014 and covers technologies that improve teaching and learning.

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