Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - concert halls; built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Architects (firm); Progress Construction and Management Company (firm); Cyril Manton Harris (acoustical engineer/architect); George Henry Loschky (architect); Judsen Robert Marquardt (architect); John Frank Nesholm (architect); Mark Reddington (architect)

Dates: constructed 2008-2009

total floor area: 47,000 sq. ft.

Russell Lane
University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Campus, La Jolla, CA 92093

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Building History

The Seattle architecture firm, LMN, and renowned acoustics consultant, Dr. Cyril M. Harris (1917-2011), collaborated on the design of this performance hall on the UC San Diego campus. In Harris's estimation, this building reflected the accumulation of his years of experience in architecture and acoustics.

Building Notes

The building was named for Point Loma developer, Conrad Prebys, who contributed $6 million for the 47,000-square-foot facility. Work was set for completion in Spring 2009, if more money is raised. UCSD Professor of Music, Rand Steiger, a noted composer and conductor, led the effort to build this structure. The building was to contain two large listening spaces--a 400-seat main hall and a 150-seat lecture/recital hall--as well as one reconfigurable hall for multimedia and music theatre efforts. In addition, the building would contain offices and rehearsal rooms. Of the expected $53 million cost, Prebys donated $6 million, UCSD Regent and San Diego Padres owner, John J. Moores, and his wife, Rebecca, gave $1 million; the remaining $46 million was to come from State of California funds.

The Conrad Prebys Music Center won a Commendation from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, in 2009.

PCAD id: 11598