New acoustic enhancement accommodates a variety of programming at the Smithsonian

CHALLENGE: Enhance the acoustics of a purpose-built lecture auditorium to better accommodate musical performances and surround-sound film presentations.

SOLUTION: To save on equipment and labor, install an acoustic enhancement system that integrates with the existing audio and digital processing systems.

As the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution offers a diverse array of public programming, from lectures and films to dance and music performances. Venues like the new 346-seat Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, which is shared by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, must serve multiple audiences yet maintain the high standards expected of an international cultural institution.

The McEvoy Auditorium originally opened in July 2006 as part of the massive renovation project. Led by Hartman Cox Architects of Washington, D.C., the renovation added architectural features like curving staircases and vaulted galleries, as well as four new public-use facilities: the McEvoy Auditorium, the Lunder Conservation Center, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, and the Kogod Courtyard. To read more about Cerami & Associates’ involvement in this project, fill out the form below.

By Linda Seid Frembes

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