The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – an unforgettable acoustic experience
This second phase of development in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts brings audiences a unique multiform theatre with world-class, innovative acoustic design. The space provides exceptional sound, without amplification, as well as 1700 seats, four tiers, and performances of all kinds. Drawing their experience in creating the Center for Performing Arts in Indiana, Beaubois was the right partner to bring together this impressive space.
Working in close collaboration with architects, structural engineers, and teams installing the steel framing, the Beaubois team built and installed the wood panelling that covers the theatre’s modular and larger-than-life stage. The process required absolute precision that would allow guardrails and multiple stories of mobile balcony seating to line up with the static balconies. This truly innovative design allows for four different stage configurations, a feat of engineering mastery. In lieu of curtains, this stage features expansive wood panels that can rise to reveal new stage configurations.
With floor-to-ceiling stained wood panelling over four stories, Beaubois had to ensure that every single panel, stained in-house, present the right colour and finish, to ensure uniformity across the stage and from top to bottom.
In the multi-tiered, circular ceiling, Beaubois installed wood panelling that matches the space’s long, continuous curves, and integrated lighting. This, again, required a close collaboration with the structural team.
As for acoustics, the Beaubois team meticulously glued special acoustic panels, which are normally fastened or hung, and these were individually tested by the architects. All this work has contributed to achieving the theatre’s N1 sound rating, as one of the world’s most acoustically advanced theatres providing the lowest level at which humans can detect sound. The result is a magnificent setting that is sure to immerse spectators.