Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Architect; Chicago, IL
Schuler Shook, Theatre Consultant; Chicago, IL
Extensive renovation of backstage facilities, which included the creation of three large rehearsal halls, and practice rooms for the home of Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Renovation to the 3,600 seat house focused on rebuilding box seating, installing a new audio system, and upgrading mechanical systems. Careful acoustical design of new seating increased comfort and appearance, while helping to lengthen reverberation time by decreasing the room’s absorption. Kirkegaard Associates’ role in the project included room acoustics, noise control, and audio systems consulting services.