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Construction is under way on a Domus Studio Architects-designed renovation of approximately 5,000 square feet of the musicians quarters beneath the main stage at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego.

An October completion is anticipated for the start of a new season.

Domus Studio's design includes a larger lounge area, upgraded locker rooms, new restroom facilities and practice areas.

In addition to the $1.4 million musicians quarters renovation, paid in part by a major donation from Craig and Joyce Grosvenor, additional handicapped seating areas are being added in the audience and some structural retrofitting is being performed throughout the building.

A $2 million lighting and paging system funded by a generous donation is also is being installed this summer in the symphony hall, which was completely restored in 1986 and is now fully owned and operated by the nonprofit San Diego Orchestra Association.

The project team includes Harold Dokmo, Jr. representing the San Diego Symphony. David Keitel, an associate at the San Diego-based architectural design firm, is project manager with Domus, teamed with Robert Milewski.

Planned for next summer is the total retrofit and replacement of the HVAC mechanical system for the entire hall, Keitel added.

The new activity comes on the heels of a $2.7 million remodel of the San Diego Symphony's headquarters funded by Irwin and Joan Jacobs, designed by Domus and completed by Barnhart Inc. in late 2006.

That project included the total renovation of the Orchestra's administrative offices, installation of a new handicap accessible elevator and a water tower system, as well as interior electrical and utility upgrades.

Domus was founded in 1986 as Dominy + Associates.

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