Thrivent Financial Hall, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Thrivent Financial Hall is the concert hall component
of Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Fox Cities presents a wide
gamut of performances- symphonic music, recitals, opera, amplified
music events, touring Broadway shows, theater, dance, educational
events, seminars, and films - with both regional talent and international,
With excellent sightlines and acoustics, the
2072-seat hall manages to sense of intimacy for its audience and
performers, despite its size. Approximately half these seats are
located on the Orchestra Level, and additional horseshoe-shaped
balconies wrap around the sidewalls to bring the audience close
to the stage. The farthest seat of the house is only 108 feet from
the front of the stage. The balconies also serve as sound reflectors,
to enhance the acoustical qualities of the performance. The decorative
detailing of the walls and columns within the room, also serve a
dual purpose as they help disperse sound energy throughout the auditorium.
Acoustic draperies along the walls can be drawn or retracted, into
pockets in the walls, to fine-tune the acoustics as necessary.
The Center opened in 2002, after an aggressive
fast track design/build process that allowed only 35 months for
design, construction and commissioning. This process was further
challenged by the ground-borne noise and vibration caused by the
sites proximity to a busy traffic intersection and freight way.
Artec recommended a massive concrete mat foundation under the entire
facility to achieve the necessary isolation for intimate performances.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Phase services, Auditorium
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for Fox
Cities Performing Arts Center. The Architect for the facility
was Zeidler Partnership Architects.