Verizon Hall Acoustical Improvements
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Orchestra identified a need for acoustical improvements to its main performance venue, Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, not long after the extraordinary building originally opened. Through collaboration with a strong team of technical consultants, we designed subtle but effective alterations. Narrowing the stage with movable towers better approximated the configurations of the world’s greatest orchestral halls. Two downstage movable towers, blending with the distinctive architecture of the space, were introduced to direct sound back to the performers and the audience by moving on tracks to “tune” the stage for each performance. Behind the stage surround, new curved reflector walls were installed to provide reinforcement so that the performers could hear each other better and to get the sound out to the audience. New reflector panels were also added above and behind the choral balcony. The entry doors into the hall were improved to allow private events to take place within the airy, open lobby at the same time a concert would be performed within the hall.
Size: 8,300 sf
Budget: $2.4 million