McKay Conant and Hoover INC. - Acoustics and Media Systems Consultants
Notre Dame's New Music Spaces
Imminent Venue Opening
dac - 11/4/2017 (Updated - 11/4/2017)
The work, led by SLAM Collaborative, integrates the music departments, student life and athletics within 750,000sf of three new buildings attached to Notre Dame’s iconic 1930s football stadium. Because of the enormous success of ND’s DeBartolo Center for Performing Arts (completed 2004), MCH was specifically requested by Notre Dame’s music faculty to be engaged with the architects on the two principal music spaces in the South Building.  The recital hall will accommodate 140+ patrons while the main music rehearsal room will serve a variety of rehearsal and informal performance functions.   
Variable acoustics system are provided in each of the two spaces in order to increase their flexibility for different music genres.  Opening of the entire project is expected within months. 
New Career Opening
dac - 8/15/2017 (Updated - 11/4/2017)

Arjun Shankar Joins MCH !
dac - 8/15/2017 (Updated - 9/18/2017)
Arjun joins us in our Scottsdale, AZ office after several years as a materials science development engineer in the northern Midwest. He subsequently migrated into the audio and acoustics world, feeding his keen and growing interest in entertainment technologies and music.  He earned his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Subsequently, he acquired substantial experience in field and computation and design work as an acoustical intern with a large Minneapolis firm and in the Fall of 2017, completed his M.S. in Acoustics at the Pennsylvania State University.  As a student, he was especially active in both the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America. 

State-of-the-Art Knowledge & Latest Trends
DAC - 5/16/2017 (Updated - 6/12/2017)

J. Ross Publishing has just released a unique handbook featuring the best of MCH's design guidance for Performing Arts, and spanning 20% of the entire volume.  Get yours HERE!
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Grand Opening of USC’s Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center
dac - 10/21/2016 (Updated - 12/18/2016)

USC celebrated its new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on 05 October 2016. The opening ceremony was well attended, including Glorya Kaufman herself, and renowned-choreographer William Forsythe, who commented,“It’s the most perfectly designed building - the acoustics, the floor, the sound system…it’s unbelievable, it’s state of the art.”

The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum is designed to prepare the artist, the innovator, and the entrepreneur. The hallmark of the USC Kaufman School — "The New Movement" — is the development of a new movement model that will be expressed in media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography for the 21st century.

Located across from the new USC Village and the Thornton School of Music, the 55,000sf, 70ft-tall center is at the gateway of the busiest pedestrian crossing on campus, and becomes the arts nexus at USC. Featured are a Large Dance Performance Studio, 4 Medium Dance Studios, a Small Dance Studio, 2 Classrooms, plus requisite support spaces. MCH provided full-scope acoustical consulting throughout.  For a detailed project sheet, click here

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