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The University of Texas
34,000 sq. ft.
UT Austin Project Management and Construction Services selected Turner for the major renovation of Bass Hall, the centerpiece of the University of Texas at Austin’s nine-theater performing arts complex. Opened in 1981, this flagship theatre of Texas Performing Arts is the largest in Austin, with seating for 2,900. The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall boasts a vast stage, an orchestra pit capable of holding 100 musicians, dressing rooms to accommodate more than 100 performers, computerized lighting, advanced sound and rigging systems, and a mammoth backstage area complete with workshops for carpentry, costumes, painting, metalwork, and props.
As one of the most prominent performing arts facilities in Austin, The University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall attracts world-famous performers and productions. The project team took great care to conserve the Texas landmark’s legacy while enhancing the audience and artist experience. The scope of the project included a major renovation and addition to the building, as well as a correction to existing code violations. The front of the building was removed and opened to create greater transparency, and an expanded lobby was created for receptions and events.
Upgrades to the audience chamber included new seating and flooring finishes, enhanced lighting, an opened ceiling with adjustable acoustic treatment, and new surfaces on the side walls. The stage itself was updated with new cheek walls and a forestage canopy to improve sound projection, and a new forestage grid to improve lighting flexibility.
Additional elements included replacing aisle lighting for better visibility, and new carpet in the lobbies and auditorium. The completion of the project resulted in a successful transformation of the building into a new popular performance venue for Austin that will serve as the largest theatre in the city of Austin until the completion of the Moody Center.