Verizon Hall Acoustical Improvements
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Orchestra wanted to improve acoustics of its main venue, Verizon Hall. Through collaboration with our acoustician, improvements to the performance space were carried out. Narrowing the stage with movable towers better approximated the configurations of the world’s greatest orchestral halls. To remediate poor acoustics, two downstage movable towers were introduced to direct sound back to the performers and the audience. They blend with the distinctive architecture of the hall 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 as well as to get the sound out to the audience. Above and behind the choral balcony new reflector panels were also added and lastly the entry doors into the hall were improved to allow events in the lobby concurrent with a concert within the hall.
Size: 8,300 sf
Budget: $2.4 million