Bard College

László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building


Bard College is well known in the region for its many music programs and the Bard College Conservatory of Music located in scenic and historic Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.   Kohler Ronan was pleased to be a part of the exciting new building which bears the name László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building.

The state-of-the-art building spans three floors and consists of approximately 19,300 square feet. The program allows for general-use classrooms, faculty offices, practice studios, a student lounge, instrument storage lockers, administrative offices, and a 150-seat recital hall.

Kohler Ronan’s team of engineers provided complete Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection design and services in support of the architectural plans for the facility. Uncompromised acoustical performance within the music building’s spaces was of the utmost importance. As such, our engineers selected the MEP/FP equipment carefully and designed its layout in adherence to the stringent acoustical criteria.

An environmetntally-friendly geothermal system, coupled with water-to-water heat pump systems, serves the air handling equipment. Also incorporated is humidification control for sensitive musical instruments. Students and faculty are now creating beautiful music in the comfort of this equally beautiful new space.


LOCATIONAnnandale-on-Hudson, NY
ARCHITECTDeborah Berke &
 Partners, LLP
SIZE19,300 square feet
COST$8 million

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