Matthews Performing Arts Center
Auditorium, Higher Education, Performance, and Theater
- Melinda Miller, Principal Engineer
Cornerstone University worked with ABD Engineering and Design on an expansion and overhaul of the existing auditorium, renovating it from a simple concrete box to a state of the art university performing arts center. ABD designed integrated audio, video, and theatrical lighting systems with complete acoustical engineering services including room acoustics, noise isolation, and mechanical noise control. The stage needed to perform well for spoken word, music, dance, and theater presenting a common but not inconsequential challenge for an 8,000 square-foot, 435 seat space. The acoustics and audiovisual systems had to be flexible, and easy to use, but still provide professional results for each of the varied uses. In the end, the performance venue sounds as good as it looks.