University of Texas, Austin, 
Performing Arts CenterUniversity of Texas, Austin, 
Performing Arts Center
© Len Allington
© Len Allington

University of Texas, Austin, Performing Arts Center and Bass Concert Hall Renovation

Austin, Texas

Initiated as part of a fire and life-safety audit of The University of Texas’ Performing Arts Center, the project evolved into a selective renovation of the 1980s-era Bass Hall interior. The renovation focused on changes to audience seating, variable acoustics and sightlines. Also, a large expansion of multi-floor lobby space completely transformed the dark monolithic building with the additional of a central glass core facing across to the campus’ iconic Darrell Royal football stadium. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided theatre consulting services including re-seating of balconies for ADA and life-safety compliance as well as improved sightlines, new lighting positions and integrated acoustic improvements.

The renovation allows the theatre to host Broadway touring productions and other amplified performances with significantly improved acoustical response. The proscenium ceiling and sides were further opened to accommodate a new sound system and overhead adjustable acoustic curtains used to dry-up the massive volume of the hall above the hall’s decorative ceiling.

Bass Concert Hall now stands out as the main attraction of the 18-acre, nine-theatre performing arts complex.

Architect: BOORA Architects
Acoustics: Jaffe Holden
Cost: $15,000,000
Completion: 2009