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UNITY TEMPLE – Oak Park, Illinois
In order to preserve and modernize Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Unity Temple, TALASKE facilitated design related to the acoustics, audio, and video of the building. New sound and video systems were carefully designed to minimize visual impact to the architecture while still providing excellent performance. Digital mixing systems, assistive listening, audio and video recording, and video switching systems were also designed. Building services were updated to include air conditioning and other amenities while maintaining the acoustic character and low background noise of the spaces. Cost: $23M (includes exterior restoration) Completion: 2017
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Harboe Architects

BLOOMINGDALE CHURCH – Bloomingdale, Illinois
After much time spent suffering through poor sound quality, inconsistent loudspeaker coverage and myriad other sound-related issues in their main Sanctuary, the church called on TALASKE to prepare a blueprint for progressive system improvements. TALASKE visited the church and assisted in prioritizing a list of system and room improvements that would eliminate the issues in the space. The church implemented many of TALASKE’s recommendations – many at little expense to the church – including a complete retune and optimization of the audio system, changes to the system wiring to provide more logical connectivity throughout the Sanctuary, and renovation of their main platform to make more efficient use of space. Cost: TBD. Completion: 2010.
AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE

CONGREGATION B’NAI JEHOSHUA BETH ELOHIM – Deerfield, Illinois
This project, an adaptive reuse and addition to an office building to be used as a new worship and community events facility, includes a 600-seat sanctuary and 1,000-seat multipurpose hall. TALASKE designed audio and video systems for the sanctuary, the social hall, village center and support systems, including sound reinforcement, video projection systems, audio and video recording systems, and internet streaming services. The firm also provided the congregation with Acoustics Peer Review services. Cost: $12M. Completion: 2009 (excluding the future Sanctuary buildout).
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Finegold Alexander + Associates

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH – Oak Park, Illinois
TALASKE assisted with the acoustics, audio, and video renovation of Pierce Hall at the First United Methodist Church. The space was renovated to be used as a multi-purpose assembly space for the church and as a performance venue for the Silk Road Theatre Project. Uses included spoken word drama performance, lecture/panel presentations with multi-media use, small church services, and unamplified music recitals. Cost: N/A. Completion: 2005
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE

JEWISH RECONSTRUCTIONIST CONGREGATION SYNAGOGUE – Evanston, Illinois
This new three-story synagogue features worship, educational and community facilities, including a 60-seat small sanctuary on the first floor and a 600-seat high-volume sanctuary on the third floor. The 31,000-square-foot building achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification (the first house of worship to achieve this designation) and received a 2008 AIA Illinois award. Cost: $7.4M. Completion: 2008.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Ross Barney Architects

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH – River Forest, Illinois
While Grace Lutheran Church renovated and refinished the pews of their main sanctuary, weekly services were moved to their fellowship hall, which required renovation to meet the acoustics, audio, and video needs of the congregation. Audio system programming and system design was reviewed by TALASKE, and recommendations were provided for room acoustic finishes to accommodate a worship service including congregational singing and speech reinforcement. Cost: N/A Completion: 2006
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE

COMPASS CHURCH (FORMERLY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH) – Naperville, Illinois
This growing suburban congregation built a major worship space addition to meet the needs of contemporary worship services. Within a large, fan-shaped space with 1,530 seats, the room acoustics and performance audio and video systems create a flexible environment that supports the spoken word, drama, worship bands and congregational singing. Cost: $11M. Completion: 2005.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Bailey Edward
THEATRE PLANNERS: Schuler Shook and Bailey Edward

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Evanston, Illinois
This historic sanctuary, dating back to 1895, was designed for the pastor’s voice, a choir and a large pipe organ. In recent years, the introduction of contemporary music created a need for a sensitive renovation. Without damaging the aesthetic character of the space, room acoustics were improved and state-of-the-art audio and video projection systems were added. Cost: $0.5M. Completion: 2001.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Goss | Pasma Architects

SISTERS OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE – Allison Park, Pennsylvania
A major renovation of the historic Chapel of the Mother House required a reconfiguration to Vatican II guidelines, improved acoustics and the addition of a new audio system. The integrated room acoustics and audio system design accommodates choral music and the spoken word. A new video system with multiple camera stations extends services to the infirmary. Cost: $2.5M. Completion: 2001.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: James D. Brown Associates

ELMBROOK CHURCH – Brookfield, Wisconsin
In a growing community on the western edge of Milwaukee, the design of a new 3,000-seat sanctuary required acoustic enhancements and noise control considerations to shape the room and enhance sound projection and singing. A second project, modification of an existing 1,000-seat chapel, required sound diffusion to improve acoustics in the nearly circular room. Cost: $18M. Completion: 1991.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: The Heartland Group

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