The T. Furth Center for Performing Arts at Trine University was conceived to provide a prominent place for developing musical arts in the lives of area residents and students, expand the cultural resources of Steuben County through an environment where artists can thrive. A comprehensive community needs assessment confirmed that opportunities for creating, appreciating and interacting with the arts was dishearteningly absent from northeast Indiana, thus limiting opportunities for students, youth and families.
While first and foremost a musical performance hall, the design includes some unique elements that accommodate music without compromise to the architecture and sound quality. Executive Design & Engineering teamed up with Trine University, Design Collaborative Architects, JICI Construction, Lutron Lighting and the Harman Companies to bring this project into reality.
The facility features an acoustically dynamic 800-seat music theatre with full state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting systems capable of meeting even the most rigorous professional tour requirements. The acoustics in the performance hall were a great challenge due to the rooms intricate interior design. ED&E joined JICI and Trine staff to meld the interior design with some traditional acoustic solutions and state-of-the-art acoustic wall technology, developed exclusively by the ED&E team.
The results are an extraordinary and dynamic visual & listening experience where
every nuance, dynamic and emotion of the performance is anticipated and fully appreciated. From string quartets to major concert productions, the T. Furth Center for the Performing Arts will be a shining star for Trine University and the greater Northern Indiana community.