The thorough renovation of the Lab Theatre dramatically upgraded the technical capabilities of the theater, adding a walkable grid and improved seating, lighting and rigging. Kirkegaard designed comprehensive new systems for audio, projection, IT and security. These systems support performances more effectively while allowing the Luminary to rent out for meetings as well as performances. New reflective surfaces overhead and at the ends of the room improve projection and clarity no matter where singers face. With extensive new acoustic curtains, the theater can better support children’s opera while still hosting its historically eclectic mix of musical, theatrical and dance performances, including burlesque shows and raves. HVAC was improved for the building without increasing noise levels. In addition to the work on the performance space, the Luminary Arts Center now has a larger, brighter lobby, improved backstage facilities, and dramatically easier loading. Kirkegaard also addressed noise bleed between the performance space and a large rehearsal room in MN Opera’s facility next door, with a treatment that improved the rehearsal room acoustics as well as its isolation.

Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Integrated Systems Design
Shelter Architecture, Architect, Minneapolis, MN
Schuler Shook, Theatre Consultant, Minneapolis, MN
8,000 gsf
2024 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award