High Performance: Why retrofitted and renovated PAC’s can be better than new

  • Room: 122
Thursday, March 15, 2018: 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM


Carl Giegold
Partner, FAIA, LEED AP
Threshold Acoustics LLC
Curtis Kasefang
Principal Consultant
Theatre Consultants Collaborative
David Zenk
Jason Prichard
Principal Consultant
Theatre Consultants Collaborative


Renovating, and especially retrofitting or repurposing a performing arts venue need not be the second-best solution to building anew. Indeed it is possible that an existing building can prompt new design paradigms for music, dance, and theatre. This session will focus on the discussion of how to give a new life to an old structure for performing arts. Obviously, the budget of a project plays a key role of driving it towards the path of renovation or adaptive reuse.  First and foremost let us not forget that “the most sustainable building is the one that is already built.” In addition to the obvious financial ramifications of new construction versus renovation or adaptive reuse, this most eco-friendly element deserves our full attention and commitment to promote its significance. And yet the question remains: can the ideals of performing arts fit the pre-existing constraints? Can dancers, actors, and musicians find inspiration in renovated old spaces, just like painters and sculptors have for decades in old industrial loft buildings? We will also engage a dialogue of practical challenges and fresh ideas.

This session qualifies for 1.25 AIA/HSW/CEU credits


Learning Objectives

1. Describe the common challenges of renovation and adaptive reuse of an existing building for performing arts purposes.
2. Analyze and relate the environmental impacts of the construction process.
3. Discuss and justify how the ideals of performing arts can indeed meaningfully and profoundly manifest themselves within and beyond the physical constraints.
4. Identify technical options and solutions that support and inspire new paradigms in performing arts design.

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