Recording Studio Adaptive Reuse: Roseville, Michigan

The architects and engineers at Tim Nichols Architect are thrilled to join legendary recording studio designer Frank Paul Comentale, visionary musician Paco Higden and his gifted team of musicians and recording engineers of Michigan’s own Tuxedo Avenue in their project to bring world-class recording studio design to the Detroit market.

The 4,000 square foot building on Gratiot Avenue just north of Utica Road was an ideal fit for the new business with a large, double-height space that will serve as the new live room, space for two control rooms of Comentale’s signature design and multiple production rooms, artists” lounges, offices and other facilities. The whole project combines state-of-the-art technology with the proven layouts and construction details that have been developed by Comentale over the course of four decades of performing, engineering, designing and building similar studios for a host of blockbuster recording artists all over North America.

Frank counts among the many studios to his credit such famous rooms as, Chung King Studios, The Hit Factory, P Diddy’s Daddy’s House, and Wycliff Jean’s Platinum Sound studio. His personal clients include, to name only a few, Glen Frey of the Eagles, Donald Fagan of Steely Dan and José Feliciano, Alicia Keyes, Queen Latifah, Ludachris and Peter Bliss.

Our challenge was to transform a storefront structure which was oriented to the boulevard in the middle of the Downtown Development Authority around the intersection of Gratiot Avenue and Utica Road into an inwardly focused and unique, stat-of-the-art recording studio.

Beginning from the block walls and open spaces of the existing structure and Frank’s trademark isolated structures, we turned the building outside-in, aesthetically speaking, to provide an internally focused and visually unique project consistent with its new purpose.

The project will include a double-height live room uniquely suited to the explosive sound of a full drum set and rhythm section, two separate control rooms for the sound engineers, isolation booths for solo performers as well as production rooms and artists lounges, offices, a kitchen and other facilities.

The Tuxedo Avenue team intends to provide the finest, professional recording studio experience available in Michigan while at the same time offering a range of services which re accessible and affordable for a wide range of emerging artists. In many ways the suite of services available in this stunning new facility will be unique in the industry.

For all of us at Tim Nichols Architect, it is an honor and a pleasure to be engaged in the project. We are totally committed to its unqualified success.