As the primary performance space within the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Silva Concert Hall provides Eugene with a flexible performance space for audiences of 2500, as well as a performance venue for Symphony, pops, touring broadway, and other groups. Opened during the birth of modern electronic enhancement, Silva’s origninal design leaned on electronics to provide support for typically unamplified performance types, and emphasized intimacy (as defined by physical distance to the stage) over natural acoustic support. The musical growth of the Eugene Symphony and that of its audience led to a feasibility study investigating the steps towards improvement as a facility for orchestra, culminating in the installation of a reverberation enhancement system. The design and installation of an orchestra shell and ACS system was completed in 2002.

Acoustics consulting services for improvement of symphonic acoustics, and the installation of a reverberation enhancement system for this 2,500-seat hall. The engagement included the design of a new orchestra shell for improved onstage communication and projection to the audience.

Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Room Acoustics Design
Gerald McDonnell & Associates, Architect, Eugene, OR
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Theater Consultant, San Francisco, CA
2,500-seat hall