Oakland, CA

Mills College | Music Building Renovation


Structural (Design)

Geotechnical Engineering

Structural Engineering


23,000 sf

Key Info

18 months to complete concert hall renovation

The award-winning renovation of the 1928 Spanish Colonial-style Mills College Music Building included new additions, ADA upgrades, refurbished classrooms, new A/V and performance space, and, perhaps most noticeably, the upgrade of the Littlefield Concert Hall. The rehabilitated hall includes upgraded acoustics, seating and orchestra space enhancements, stage expansion, and restoration of the Raymond Boynton mural. The project was completed within a limited budget and an ambitious one-year schedule. Rutherford + Chekene served as structural engineer for the renovation. R+C provided structural engineering services previously for the building's partial upgrade. The renovation of the building's gem, the Jeannik Mequet Littlefield concert hall, took the design and construction team 18 months to complete. Highlights of the renovation included:Expanded stage for larger performancesNew seats and improved layout for a enhanced and more comfortable audience experienceNew acoustic panels for enhanced sound qualitySoundproofing for performance and recording qualityRestoration of the Raymond Boynton frescoes and choir loft murals within the venue

Higher Ed

Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.