Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
Waukegan Steel is known for working on some of the most high-profile projects in the Chicago area, and The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, the newest addition to the Bienen School of Music, is certainly one of them. Northwestern University’s impressive new structure lies on the scenic coast of Lake Michigan. Waukegan Steel was heavily involved in the project, designing and constructing the Z-shaped building’s entire inner frame.
Waukegan made use of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to create and render the facility as a three dimensional model, meaning that everything was measured out before the ground was broken or a single steel beam was fabricated.
The Center boasts the awe-inspiring Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall: A 40-foot-tall glass wall, made possible by a low-iron curtain revealing the Chicago skyline and providing a beautiful backdrop for the performers on stage. The flowing walls made of African moabi wood provide incredible acoustics. Waukegan worked closely with fellow contractors to design this sturdy, yet elegant, steel structure.