AKA: Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA

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

Designers: Fisher Dachs Associates, Theatre Planning and Design, Incorporated (firm); Nagata Acoustics (firm); Polshek and Partners, Architects (firm); Joshua Dachs (architect); Jules Fisher ; James Stewart Polshek (architect); Yasuhisa Toyota (acoustical engineer)

Dates: constructed 2010-2012

total floor area: 112,000 sq. ft.

Stanford, CA

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Stanford alumnus Peter Bing and his wife, Helen, donated a substantial sum to build an 844-seat, 112,000-square-foot concert hall; the groundbreaking ceremony for Bing Hall occurred in 05/2010. Total costs in 2010 were projected to be $111.9 million. Completion was set for Summer 2012. (The actual grand opening occurred on 01/11/2013.) This concert facility was set next to the Frost Ampitheatre, an outdoor concert venue that was a favorite spot for the Grateful Dead. The design team for the hall was: Polshek Partnership, Architects, Fisher Dachs Associates, theater planning consultants, and Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics. The Stanford Magazine stated of Toyota: "The auditorium was designed by acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, whose earlier work includes the New World Center in Miami (the Washington Post called its sound "astonishing") and Bard College's Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (the New Yorker hailed its "exceptionally crisp brilliance"). In Los Angeles, longtime Stanford benefactors Peter, '55, and Helen Bing had watched Toyota work his magic on the 2,265-seat Walt Disney Concert Hall." (See Cynthia Haven, Stanford Magazine, 01-02/2013, "Finely Tuned,"Accessed 01/23/2013.)

Stanford University officials aimed to create an intimate and acoustically outstanding venue in Bing Concert Hall.

PCAD id: 12955