Every three years the Corpus Christi chapter of the AIA conducts a design competition. Of the 25 entries submitted this year, five received citations. The architectural firm plans to enter the Performing Arts Center in the AIA’s statewide competition later this year.
“The 1,500-seat Performing Arts Center was designed with exceptional acoustic qualities specifically for non-amplified venues such as orchestras and choral groups,” said Gordon E. Landreth, the firm’s president. “Materials for the center were selected with consideration to the coastal environment - constant breezes, high humidity, and one unique design factor. The PAC is in the direct path of military aircraft flying in and out of the local Naval Air Station day and night. Noise from the aircraft and sounds from surrounding mechanical systems were calculated in the structure’s acoustical design.”
According to A&M-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew, since the Performing Arts Center opened in April of last year, it has significantly raised the University’s profile in the community.
“The Performing Arts Center has become the landmark performance venue for Corpus Christi,” Killebrew noted. “But, first and foremost, A&M-Corpus Christi is an educational institution and we’re fortunate that our students are able to practice their art in a venue of this stature.”
Seating in the PAC is at three levels. Two balconies completely encircle the hall providing a 360 degree view of the performers and the audience. Balconies include both fixed and moveable seating. Suspended over the performance platform are four copper clad acoustic reflectors. The platform is of maple stained to a rich cherry finish.
The exterior of the hall is formed from pre-cast concrete panels in an inverted cone configuration. The concrete is tinted green with exposed aggregate and both corrugated and smooth faces on the panels. The three-level lobby is wrapped with a glass window wall 200 feet long by 50 feet high overlooking Corpus Christi Bay.
The projects heating, venting and air conditioning systems are located in a separate building behind the main hall to eliminate mechanical noise. Supply and return air ducts and registers were oversized to handle the required air volume but eliminate air flow noise.
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