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MAHAFFEY THEATRE, DUKE ENERGY CENTER – Saint Petersburg, Florida
Formerly the Bayfront Center, a 3000-seat 1960s fan-shaped multi-purpose hall was built for the community. Suffering from poor acoustics and other challenges, the facility was totally remodelled in the late 1980’s constructing a 2000-seat hall within the original envelope. Over time, changes were made to the hall which degraded performance. TALASKE was hired to upgrade existing conditions. Efforts to date include design of a new orchestra shell, new forestage sound reflecting elements, a stage extension to accommodate full orchestra and full chorus, and upgrades to finishes within the audience chamber. The orchestra shell configuration is based on a Hybrid solution which makes use of pre-engineered elements in a custom application Cost: TBD Completion: 2017.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE                                             ARCHITECT: Arc3 Architects Inc
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fischer Dachs Associates                 COST CONSULTANT: Venue Consulting

JACK SINGER CONCERT HALL, ARTS COMMONS – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Jack Singer Concert Hall is a well-regarded gem of the late acoustician, Russel Johnson but the hall is in need of upgrades. TALASKE has been hired to assist the Arts Commons and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra with the development and specification of new seating for the hall. The process included sound absorption testing of original and new seats within our Sound Testing Lab. Wall and ceiling surfaces are planned for repainting and TALASKE will guide this renovation process. Cost: TBD. Completion: 2017.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Consultants Collaborative
SEATING MANUFACTURER: Ducharme

BELLA CONCERT HALL, MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Mount Royal Conservatory of Music is considered one of Canada’s best institutions for music education. The Bella Concert Hall and the dozens of teaching spaces offers facilities which now match the talent of faculty and students. The new conservatory houses a 787-seat concert hall complete with support spaces, new classrooms, rehearsal halls, and practice rooms. Cost: $60M. Completion: 2015.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Pfeiffer Partners with Sahuri + Partners Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
AUDIO: Rick Wells

BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The beautiful Broward Center for the Performing Arts has been renovated and expanded to accommodate ever growing needs. The scope of TALASKE’s work included new performance audio and video systems for the existing 2,700-seat Au-Rene Theatre and the 600-seat Amaturo Theatre. Additions included a rehearsal room and classroom wing, expanded Lobbies, new restaurant and bar and multipurpose ballroom, outdoor terraces with sound, as well as expanded offices and production spaces. New audio video and digital signage systems were provided throughout the renovated areas and additions. Cost: $50M. Completion: 2015.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Wilson Butler Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANTt: Fisher Dachs Associates

ALLIANCE THEATRE, ROBERT W WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER – Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta’s premier repertory theatre company, residing in the Woodruff Center, creates its art within its late-60’s Alliance Theatre facility. A contemporary design in its day, the 750-seat hall suffers from poor hearing conditions, a poor communal seating arrangement, and a lack of intimacy. Based on a concerted study in 2013, a new theatre within the existing building enclosure was deemed to be the solution, including complete new technical systems. TALASKE assisted with the initial planning and is hired to provide the acoustics and audio video consulting services for the transformation of the theatre. Cost: N/A. Completion: 2017.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Trahan Architect                          THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants

JAY PRITZKER MUSIC PAVILION, MILLENNIUM PARK – Chicago, Illinois
This world-class pavilion—the new home of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus—relies on acoustic and audio innovations to deliver a virtual concert hall sound outdoors. The renowned outdoor concert venue offers superior sound experiences to audiences of 11,000, using reinforcement and acoustic enhancement systems to support all types of musical performances. Cost: $60M. Completion: 2004.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Gehry Partners, LLP and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

WENTZ CONCERT HALL, NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE – Naperville, Illinois
The project includes Wentz Concert Hall, a 650-700-seat recital hall for acoustic and amplified music presentations; a flexible black box theatre with 150 to 200 seats; instrumental and choral rehearsal halls; a dance studio; art gallery; and numerous practice rooms and classrooms. Cost: $29M. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Loebl Schlossman & Hackl Inc.
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

JACK SINGER REHEARSAL ROOM, ARTS COMMONS – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Formerly the EPCOR Centre, the rehearsal room within the Arts Commons. is the rehearsing home for the Calgary Philharmonic. The found space within the expanded building that became Calgary’s performing arts center in the 1980’s was deemed deficient for the use by the Philharmonic, in part due to the existing modest ceiling height. TALASKE provides recommendations to upgrade the space to neutralize the impact to the modest ceiling height, control loudness and introduce musician-friendly finishes relying on an abundance of wood. Cost: $2000,000. Completion: 2016.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
CONSTRUCTION: In-House Shop Personnel

SAUDER CONCERT HALL, GOSHEN COLLEGE – Goshen, Indiana
Sauder Concert Hall, a single-purpose, 1,000-seat hall serving the college and community, hosts outstanding performances of touring world-class soloists and ensembles. The classrooms, practice and faculty studios, and tracker-organ ready, 250-seat recital hall enjoy excellent acoustics and sound systems. Cost: $16M. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects and Schmidt Associates
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Robert Davis Inc.

CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Escondido, California
This multi-use civic center was designed with excellent acoustics as a primary goal. A 1,523-seat concert hall, a second home for the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, hosts touring orchestras, popular and Broadway shows, and visiting opera companies. The 200,000-square-foot facility also houses a 406-seat theatre. 1995 USITT Merit Award for Technical Excellence. Cost: $72M. Completion: 1994.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT:  Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
THEATRE AND AUDIO CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants

TROY SAVINGS BANK MUSIC HALL – Troy, New York
The owners of this 130-year-old acoustic gem entrusted TALASKE to maintain its wonderful classical music acoustics while integrating a new audio system and removable acoustic treatment to accommodate popular music events. Awkwardly placed above two levels of a bank, the 1,253-seat concert hall hosts internationally renowned musicians and orchestras. Cost: less than $1M. Completion: 2005.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Architecture Plus

AURORA RIVEREDGE PARK – Aurora, Illinois
TALASKE collaborated with a team of designers to develop a vibrant new park and outdoor music venue in a recreational urban area, with a goal of providing entertainment, cultural and economic benefits to the City of Aurora. Located near the downtown area, the outdoor pavilion is envisioned for weekday and lunchtime uses as well as weekend events for audiences of up to 7,000. Cost:$14M. Completion: 2012
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Muller + Muller
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc.
ENGINEERING: Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

SIDNEY HARMAN HALL – Washington, D.C.
This 800-seat flexible multi-use theatre is a part of The Shakespeare Theatre’s dramatic Harman Center for the Arts. Designed for the spoken word, Sydney Harman Hall can be easily adapted for chamber music, amplified and recorded music and opera. Audio systems for effects or reinforcement will adapt to many stage configurations: thrust, proscenium and more. Cost: $36M. Completion: 2007.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Diamond Schmitt Architects with The Smith Group
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates

TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
The City of Tuscaloosa developed the Municipal Outdoor Performing Arts Center near the University of Alabama campus for hosting live music concerts and other community events. The facility accommodates 7,400 patrons in both fixed and lawn seats. TALASKE provided audio infrastructure design services and has consulted on stage acoustic design and site planning to address community noise. Cost: $17M. Completion: 2010.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Davis Architects

ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC – New Orleans, Louisiana
Conceived by Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, this 170-seat music hall is the centerpiece of Musicians Village, developed by Habitat for Humanity for musicians and other New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The facility also includes recording facilities, a computer center and listening library, a dance studio, classrooms, and outdoor areas for gathering and performance. Cost: $5M. Completion: 2011.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects

KANSAS CITY MUSIC HALL – Kansas City, Missouri
Built in 1935, the 2,400-seat Music Hall is considered to be one of the city’s crown jewels. The Music Hall is one of four venues in the Municipal Auditorium building, a multipurpose facility downtown that includes a large exhibit hall, arena and small theatre. The technical needs of touring productions drove the need for upgrades to the Music Hall. Renovations included expansion of the stage, acoustic isolation of new stage wall and roof construction, and audio upgrades to the backstage and stage infrastructure. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2007.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Helix Architecture + Design
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates

HILDE PERFORMANCE CENTER – Plymouth, Minnesota
An outdoor pavilion supports Plymouth’s prestigious concert series featuring professional and community-based music groups. In this city of 67,000, the annual performance by the Minnesota Orchestra draws 10,000 fans. The acoustic and audio design of the stage enclosure and pavilion provides an excellent sound environment. Cost: $1.2M. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Benz/Thompson/Rietow
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

SHARON LYNN WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Brookfield, Wisconsin
This community arts center features a 600-seat multi-use theatre with a main stage and orchestra pit, a wrap-around balcony to scale down the room, and an orchestra shell used for symphonic performances. The project also includes a studio theatre with seating for up to 160 people; dance and ensemble rehearsal rooms; music classrooms; small music studios; and associated spaces. Cost: $10.5M. Completion: 2002.
ACOUSTICS, NOISE CONTROL, SOUND ISOLATION: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Engberg Anderson Design

FORD AMPHITHEATER AT CONY ISLAND– New York, New York
Talaske consulted on the development of a 5,200-seat outdoor music venue in New York City. The charge was to develop a creatively designed, high-performance sound system that minimized the amount of sound propagating to the surrounding community. The design included a combination of main loudspeaker arrays along with delay arrays suspended over the audience for the rear seating areas. Cardoid subwoofer arrays were considered to provide a more controlled environment for the performers on-stage. Separate computer models were used to understand both the direct sound in the audience area and the sound at sensitive receptor sites near the property lines. Cost: $60M. Completion: 2016.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE

CORONADO THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – Rockford, Illinois
This renovation transformed a 2,400-seat 1920s vaudeville theatre into a vital performing arts center. Sensitive introduction of an orchestra shell and acoustic enhancement systems in the ornate interiors creates the ambiance of a fine concert hall for choral concerts and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Acoustic flexibility supports local and touring theatre, popular music and dance productions. Cost: $18M. Completion: 2001.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky and R. Johnson
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Sachs Morgan Studio

ABRAVANEL HALL – Salt Lake City, Utah
This historic, 2,800-seat concert hall is the home of the Utah Symphony. In addition to classical performances, the venue is being used in increasing frequency for a variety of artists, from comedians and lecturers to jazz and pop musicians. To support such events, Talaske designed a concert line array sound system and new acoustic room treatments to provide and support high impact sound reinforcement. Cost: n/a Completion: 2011.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Architectural Nexus

VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL – Sarasota, Florida
This 1,300-seat theatre, designed in the 1960s by Frank Lloyd Wright’s firm, Taliesin, is home to the Florida West Coast Symphony. One of the earliest multi-use venues, the theatre needed a major renovation to meet changing performance needs. Renovations included design of a new orchestra shell and design of modern audio systems. Cost: $18M. Completion: 2000.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Taliesin Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

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