Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center in Los Angeles. Left: courtesy Daly Genik Architects. Right: Bess Adler / Thornton Tomasetti.

Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center



The Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center provides students of the Herbert Alpert School of Music with a facility to record their work. The two-building project is integrated into the current music department and consists of a one-story recording studio and a three-story ensemble building housing offices, classrooms, a rehearsal studio, café and student lounge areas. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for both buildings.

Adjacent to the original 1955 Schoenberg Music Building, the recording studio features a masonry bearing wall and composite steel superstructure supported by a reinforced concrete grade beam and pile foundation system. The ensemble building consists of cast-in-place concrete gravity systems combined with special reinforced concrete and masonry shear wall lateral systems supported by concrete grade beams and piles. Both buildings include exterior steel-framed architectural screen walls and canopies for natural light control.

The music center is partially funded through a $10 million gift from famed music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mo Ostin. The facility is named for Mr. Ostin and his late wife Evelyn.

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