Wallace Wins State’s Highest Engineering Honor

Wallace Engineering Structural Consultants Inc., 200 E. Brady St., has been awarded state’s highest engineering design honor, “The Grand Conceptor” award for their design of Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass Music Center.
The award is given annually by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oklahoma, the state trade association for professional engineering, architectural/engineering, and land surveying firms.
Wallace provided the structural design of the Wanda L. Bass Music Center, a three-story, 113,000-SF facility.
The project houses 60 practice rooms, 38 new teaching studios, seven high-tech music labs, six ensemble rehearsal rooms, and a black-box theater, all wrapped around a soaring, 75 foot tall atrium featuring Gothic-inspired exposed steel frames.
The architectural and structural designs of the facility were developed around the concept of creating bright, open, acoustically-tuned public spaces along with multiple, isolated, acoustically-sensitive practice and performance rooms. Acoustic issues required multiple isolation breaks in the structure, dividing the building into seven structurally, and in most cases acoustically isolated, independent areas.
The steel atrium arches for the center are Gothic-inspired frames reaching 70 feet above the ground floor. The perimeter walls of the atrium are primarily glass, and the use of braced frames was not possible. Lateral bracing for the atrium was achieved by incorporating the steel tube framing for the curtain wall and masonry columns into the steel arches to create moment-resisting frames.

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