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FORUM, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO – Chicago, Illinois
Sound quality and speech intelligibility problems in the main hall of the Forum prompted a review of the facilities sound system design and room acoustics. This 23,000-square-foot hall with a capacity of up to 3,000 is capable of multiple configurations to accommodate a wide variety of events. The sound system was re-tuned to provide immediate improvements and system renovation plans were developed to achieve more even coverage throughout the various seating areas. Following extensive testing, room acoustic recommendations included modifications to the existing treatments and the addition of more sound absorption in key areas. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE

THE HOWARD THEATRE – Washington, D.C.
Originally opened in 1910, The Howard Theatre is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Once an early home for jazz, the theatre had fallen into near ruin after years of disuse. Redevelopment included restoration of the 750-seat hall, new audio and video systems, and an educational addition with rehearsal and recording facilities. Users will include the Washington Jazz Arts Institute. Cost: $29M. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Martinez + Johnson
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

EMPIRE THEATRE – Bridgetown, Barbados
The challenge of reconfiguring an old vaudeville theatre in a state of total disrepair was compounded by the building’s heritage status. Within the envelope of the existing historic structure, the interior has been redesigned for contemporary theatre, dance and music events. Completed, the Empire Theatre resumes its original role as the premier theatre venue in Barbados. The facility is also home to the National Theatre Company and the National Youth Orchestra. Cost: $10M. Completion: N/A
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Tony Brooks Architects Ltd.
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Charcoalblue

BRADEN AUDITORIUM, ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY – Normal, Illinois
TALASKE is helping to renovate the 3,500-seat Braden Auditorium on the Illinois State University campus, including the surrounding support and meeting spaces. Modification of the room’s acoustics to better support current and future needs is necessary, as well as the design and specification of new performance audio and video systems. Uses range from contemporary to classical performance, dramatic productions, dance, touring shows and film. Cost: TBD. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Perkins+Will

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC, NEW BUILDING – Chicago, Illinois
When this locally renowned music education organization decided to expand into a new building in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, uncompromised audio quality and acoustic isolation were absolute musts. This three-story building houses several new music and dance classrooms, as well as a multipurpose performance hall that will serve as a venue for concerts and dance events. New audio systems were being provided for all spaces. Demanding classroom adjacencies also provided a unique challenge for acoustic isolation. Cost: $10M. Completion: 2011.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Inc.)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

EDMAN CHAPEL, WHEATON COLLEGE – Wheaton, Illinois
In this 2,500-seat auditorium, aging equipment and acoustical deficiencies were hampering the presentation of a range of performance and assembly events. TALASKE evaluated the existing systems and acoustics and developed a master plan for Edman Chapel improvements. Implementation involves a phased process beginning with new production and presentation video systems. These systems interface with the campus broadcast system and allow digital projection on a large center screen for presentations and magnified images of performers on stage. Future work may include the addition of side balconies. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Opperman Architects

STAMPS AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – Ann Arbor, Michigan
The 2nd phase of the new Walgreen Theatre Complex included the 460-seat Stamps Auditorium, designed for lectures, presentations and music recitals. The lecture space serves 5 separate colleges with in the University and includes recitals for the School of Music. Cost: $5.5M. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants

DE JONG CONCERT HALL, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY – Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University hired TALASKE to guide them through the design and procurement of a new concert enclosure for the 1,485-seat de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center. Following the development of a schematic design, TALASKE solicited design-build services from leading stage equipment manufacturers. This procurement method allowed the architectural and acoustical customization of a standard orchestra shell at an intermediate cost point between off-the-shelf and custom designs. Cost: $790,000. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE

MURPHY AUDITORIUM, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS – Chicago, Illinois
Murphy Auditorium was constructed in 1926 as the main lecture space for the American College of Surgeons (ACS). When the offices of the organization moved off-site in 2003, the auditorium was renovated and continues to be used for ACS functions and other meetings, receptions and events. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2006
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Antunovich Associates

RUBLOFF AUDITORIUM, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO – Chicago, Illinois
Originally constructed in the 1970s, the 949-seat Rubloff Auditorium hosts lectures, performances and meetings. To upgrade the room for contemporary uses, a nearly complete replacement of the speech and stereo program sound systems and integration of a new presentation video projection system were needed. The project was completed under a highly compressed timeline. Cost: $200,000. Completion: 2006.
AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE

BLOCH PERFORMANCE HALL, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Morgantown, West Virginia
TALASKE provided room acoustics design for the renovation of a 200-seat recital hall. The design included major reshaping of the ceiling; visual upgrades to the room, including the addition of wood and sound-diffusing materials; and the incorporation of retractable sound-absorbing materials. Cost: $1.6M. Completion: 2003
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects

AKRON CIVIC THEATRE – Akron, Ohio
Renovation of an ornate 2,300-seat theatre transformed this historic relic into the new focal point of the arts community. A professional audio system; quiet HVAC systems; and an enlarged stage house were carefully integrated into the restored 1920s interior. Improvements allow for a broader range of local and touring productions. Cost: $18M. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Wilson Butler Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Charles Cosler Theatre Design

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER – Chicago, Illinois
Designed for one of Chicago’s growing not-for-profit arts and educational programs, this 40,000-square-foot arts center in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood provides spaces for expanding music, dance, arts, film and performance needs. Performance spaces include a 410-seat proscenium theatre used for dance, theatre and film, a studio/black box theatre, dance studio, art gallery, music studios and classrooms. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Wheeler Kearns and Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC IN LINCOLN SQUARE – Chicago, Illinois
Located in a former library, this 43,000-square-foot school now presents music and dance from around the world. An intimate, 421-seat performance hall, acclaimed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “maybe the best concert venue in town,” was created from a space once used for library stacks. In addition to hundreds of classes for young and old, the school hosts performances by international and local artists. Cost: $4.5M.Completion: 1998.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECTS: Wheeler Kearns and Morris Architects Planners
AUDIO DESIGN: Audio Systems Group, Inc.

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