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The Academy of Music

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided audio-video and theatre consulting for the phased renovation of the Academy of Music, a historic venue originally built in 1857.

Improvements included removal of the raked stage, design and construction of a new stage floor, modernization of the orchestra pit, installation of a new theatrical lighting system and new spotlight positions, rigging system replacement and refurbishment of the seating in the main level of the auditorium, vastly improving sightlines. A new sound system and audio-video system was also added.

The renovation process was done with complete respect to the landmark status of this historic attraction. The full spectrum of improvements was done during a five-year phased process enabling The Academy of Music not to cancel any season of performances during construction.

Architect: Vitetta
Acoustics: Kirkegaard Associates
Cost: $30,000,000
Completion: 2002