Cerami & Associates recently completed the acoustic and audiovisual design of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The project includes 100,000 square feet of gallery space for the museum’s collections and a multi-purpose auditorium. The design of the museum presented significant acoustical challenges because of the reflective materials used– a combination of concrete, metal, and glass. However, Cerami’s design recommendations enabled these materials to be used without creating an uncomfortable environment.
The acoustical design of the theater involved an innovative design of fabric-wrapped wall panels. These panels created an environment that allows the “feel” of the room to be changed as required based on how the room will be used. The audiovisual systems in the auditorium include full audio and video projection capabilities as well. The room includes both ceiling loudspeakers and microphones to enable consistent reception and distribution of sound throughout the large space. The lectern at the front of the room includes a computer interface where a laptop can be hooked up to the projection system. In addition, the lectern contains an LCD control panel that controls all of the AV systems and the lights.