Recently, I was invited on a tour of a number of new facilities under construction in Indy’s neighboring suburb to the north, Carmel. Among the places I visited that day where the Center for the Perfoming Arts; or the more commonly referred to building, The Palladium. Once complete, the CPA, will be a three facility world class perfoming arts venue. After touring the Palladium, and seeing the vision that planners have set out on, I can attest that this will in fact, be a world class venue. The Palladium alone has spared zero expense when it comes to maximizing this facility for capturing and delivering the highest sound quality possible.
Planners have engineered the building so tightly, that even in the tiled bathrooms, they aimed to avoid sectioning individual tiles. Artistic design has also been a huge factor in delivering an aesthetically pleasing venue for concert goers.
When it comes to insuring optimum sound delivery, they have even designed for small portals for electrical and signal cord routing from inside to the outside. They way that the tour guide, head engineer Mike Anderson, described it, if you have ever been to another local venue such as the Vogue or Murat, he pointed out how some buses route cables in through a back door. He pointed out that by doing this, those venues sacrifice an element of sound quality. They wanted to avoid this with the Palladium, and is the cause for these small portals. They can be seen in many places throughout the facility.
Another element of the design, was insuring that there would be enough mass in the superstructure to be able to stand up to repeated harmonics. You can see how robust the building is with large columns, and thick walls at every turn.
Stairwells, one of a concert goer’s most common interfaces, were designed to be very appealing as well. Major amounts of detail were put into making them look nice. Marble flooring was used where possible to accentuate the stairways as well.
The concert hall itself is cavernous as you would imagine. It too, has been engineered so that acoustic amplifiers are not needed to deliver optimum sound; although the hall has been outfitted to cater to such events requiring this.
The tour ended and we were given information that the Palladium will be handed over to the City of Carmel to begin “tuning” of the theater in November. As you can see from the photographs, there was a lot of work to be done and it appeared that they would need to soon start double shifts to make sure that the facility was completed on time, to begin tuning. However, once complete, the Palladium will be the cornerstone of what should be a venue that competes for every major performing arts tour that comes through central Indiana.
I was also lucky enough to tour the abutting Carmel City Center. That tour will be the subject of another post so stay tuned for the coverage of that facility.