Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

As a concert hall, the biggest acoustic obstacles for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) were the size of the room and the potential for tremendous sound reverberation. This 2,800-seat performance hall is the largest and most active theatre in the region. We worked with Szostak Design to create an acoustical system that made their designs for DPAC come to life.

To control echoes and ensure audiences can clearly hear performances, we installed 2-inch thick, field-fabricated acoustical wall panels on all levels of the performance hall, as well as in the orchestra pit.

The unique wall panels are wrapped in two different fabrics: a solid-colored base fabric and a specially designed mesh fabric in a contrasting color. From a distance, the panels appear to be a solid color, but up close the installation takes on a layered look, creating visual interest.

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