Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center

Project Type: Theaters & Concert Venues

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
Philadelphia, PA
Architect: Buell Kratzer Powell

Located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia between the Schuylkill River and Manayunk Canal, this ambitious project – 10 years in the making – is a reconstructed public space with a theater, outdoor amphitheater, playground, basketball courts, and a spray park.

Metropolitan Acoustics provided the acoustical and audio visual consultation on the new performing arts theater. Working with the architects, Buell Kratzer Powell, we designed acoustical treatments for the interior finishes; provided recommendations for partition construction to minimize sound transmission between the auditorium/stage and adjacent areas; and worked with the mechanical engineers to design recommendations for noise and vibration attenuation measures of the HVAC systems. Additionally, we designed a performance sound system for all uses of the auditorium.

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center was awarded the Environmental Project of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America’s Mid-Atlantic chapter in 2015. The award recognizes the environmental aspects of the project and Philadelphia Water’s commitment to green storm water management initiatives. In addition to being an award-winning project, the reviews have been coming in over the last couple years and the feedback is similar. The space is a winner and the acoustics are great!