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Stephens Performing Arts Center

Idaho State University (ISU)
Pocatello, ID 

The Jensen Grand Concert Hall is unique in its growing acoustical reputation and the means by which its acoustics morph to suit the performance. It is home to the local symphony, chorus, concert band and jazz groups. MCH provided full-scope acoustical and audiovisual consulting throughout. Extensive modeling "dialed-in" acoustic parameters averaging those of the 5 finest halls in the world. The Bistline features a tension grid over the thrust stage, plus catwalks over the audience and careful wall shaping and ceiling reflectors to yield speech articulation uncommon to thrust stage theaters.

  • 1200 seat Jensen Hall (variable acoustics)

  • 450 seat Bistline Theater (tension & catwalks)

  • 250 seat Black Box Theater (full tension grid)

  • 122,500 GSF

  • $35M Construction Cost

Architect: Hummel Architects
Completion: 2005 

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