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December 2018 Debut for WSDG Studio Complex


IRVINE, CA:  Over the past forty years Concordia University has evolved into one of the"Best Regional Universities" in the U.S. and, the country’s second largest education ministry system. In recognition of seismic technology shifts and exponential growth in the field of music production, Concordia is now creating a world class recording studio complex.  Envisioned as a critical element for inspiring and educating next generation teachers, artists, theologians and production pros, the complex is situated in the basement of a ground up building to be constructed on the University’s 70-acre campus.  The facility will play a key role in the school’s evolving curriculum

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“To provide CUI students with the best possible tools in preparation for real-world careers, we engaged world class design and construction teams,” remarked Performing Arts Annex (title) Jeff Held. “WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group, has created educational recording complexes for such major schools as NYU, and Berklee College of Music, acoustic designs for NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center, and Switzerland’s Luzern KKL Concert Hall. And, recording studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.


“CUI is committed to creating an outstanding facility for our students,” Held adds. “Bauer Architects of Newport Beach created a contemporary three story building which makes a distinctive architectural statement for the campus. With credits ranging from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena,) Christ Cathedral (Garden Grove, CA) to broadcast studios for NBC, CBS and FOX, Irvine-based master builders Snyder Langston, will complete construction of CUI’s New Music, Worship & Theology Building in late 2018,” Held says.  “Bauer Architects and CUI staffers Lesley Harper and Steve Young collaborated with WSDG Partner/Project Manager, Joshua Morris prior to and throughout the pre-construction process, engaging WSDG’s sophisticated modeling, measurement and instrumentation tests and programs to predict and pre-tune individual room acoustics and auralization throughout the complex. This facility will provide CUI with the flexibility we need to meet our rapidly evolving curriculum.” Held concludes.

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Concordia’s expansive Music Education Program is designed around a rigorous core of classes dedicated to developing performance musicianship, musical leadership and collaboration, critical listening, and inclusive insights into music’s diverse contexts.  Scheduled for completion in December 2018, the Concordia University Music, Worship & Theology Building Main Floor will house a 2250 sq. ft. Orchestra Hall, and a 1900 sq. ft. Choral Rehearsal Hall.  The Lower Floor will feature an 800 sq. ft. Live Recording Room with three ISO booths, a 300 sq. ft. Control Room, classrooms, an open office suite, faculty offices, an event space, conference and breakout rooms. The Top Floor will accommodate seventeen practice rooms ranging in size from 70 to 140 sq. ft., and twelve Faculty Studios of 140 up to 180 sq. ft. for special practice and instructional tutorials.

“Concordia University’s new audio education/production complex will be a showplace facility fully designed to facilitate real world training,” remarked WSDG Founding Partner, John Storyk. “We are extremely pleased to have been selected to help create this complex. And, we are confident that it will play an important role in preparing next generation educators, religious leaders, recording artists and production professionals for 21st Century careers.”



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WSDG, a media facility design and consulting firm has collaborated on over 3500 audio /video facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and, Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU, The Art Institutes and Berklee College of Music, Valencia and Boston (2015 TEC winner); and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche, Cemex, and Sony. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios for award winning engineer, Ann Mincieli, Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY), A.R. Rahman (India), Aerosmith (Boston), Bruce Springsteen (NJ), Alicia Keys (NY), and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios (London).WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Silvia Molho, Renato Cipriano, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.  WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Phillipe Stark.  WSDG is an eleven-time winner of the NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design.  The firm maintains offices in New York, Miami, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) with representatives in Barcelona (Spain), Moscow, Guangzhou (China), Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.