Starting in 2012, Kirkegaard helped to undertake a thorough renovation, combining it with the building next door to create a versatile home for the Augusta Symphony. The venue now hosts a wide variety of performance, ranging from unamplified symphonic music, to rock-and-roll, jazz, film, dance and opera. The Knox Music Institute uses space in the building to offer rehearsal space and music education opportunities. The design team worked closely with the Historic Preservation Division to conserve many aspects of the building's original historic architectural character while updating key components to serve the expanded needs of the Symphony and other user groups. The proscenium opening was widened and a new, movable orchestra shell was added. Movable sound-absorbing banners were added in an especially efficient location, reducing loudness and liveness for amplified shows. The lobby and bar at the back of the theater were integrated into the theater volume, giving the room a more welcoming, less formal feel, and helping to reduce loudness buildup. The state-of-the-art audio system supports a wide range of performances and includes a modest electro-acoustic enhancement feature for the underbalcony. Miller Theater is now the premier music presentation venue of its size in the region.

Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Lord Aeck Sargent, Architect, Atlanta, GA
2KM Architects, Associate Architect, Augusta, GA
Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Inc., Ashville, NC
1297-seat multipurpose hall
$25 Million
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Excellence in Rehabilitation, 2018 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Marguerite Williams Award, 2018