The site selected was challenging from a construction and acoustical perspective, with the building located just 20 feet from an active commuter train line, and in the flight path of commercial air traffic to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. In addition, the central plant that serves the building is located on the opposite side of the commuter train tracks.
The $52M, 123,000 SF state-of-the-art performing arts facility includes a 1,625-seat performance hall with orchestra pit (the only performance space of its size in St. Louis), a 300-seat theater, 15 dressing rooms, and a 2,300 square foot rehearsal room. Close cooperation with the acoustical consultant was required to design HVAC systems to meet the strict acoustical requirements. An under-floor distribution system was designed for the performance theater due to its large volume, and floor-to-roof height of 60 feet.