Dallas City Performance Hall, Board Form Concrete Walls

Dallas, Texas / United States of America

The Dallas City Performance Hall offers a professional venue to the city's substantial number of local performance groups. Flexibility underpins its design; this is especially true inside the audience chamber, where the majority of performances take place. The chamber has been designed to achieve a highly adjustable reverberation range time of 1.2 to 2.5 seconds, and its poured-in-place, articulated concrete walls are a crucial component that helps achieve this acoustic range.

To construct the walls, the design team created four unique wood board forms that molded the concrete into panels and imprinted a rough wood texture onto each panel. As installed, the board form pattern protrudes and recedes from the wall, successfully tempering acoustic glare and diffusing, blending, and mellowing the complex sound produced during each performance. This, in turn, helps the hall to balance a strong bass ratio—which gives the space a rich, resonant response—with the high clarity levels that are required to maintain bright, clear sound.

To date, the highly attuned acoustic levels achieved during performances indicate that the hall produces a very gratifying acoustic response. This success can be attributed, in large part, to the board form concrete walls.

Architect of record

Kirk Johnson
Corgan Associates
401 North Houston St.
Dallas, TX 75202, United States
Phone: 214 757 1747

Associate architect

Jeffrey McCarthy
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378

General contractor

Jeff Wagner
Texas Division Office, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
12001 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75243, United States
Phone: 949 851 8383

Consultant 1

Robert Shook
Schuler Shook
750 N. Orleans St., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312 944 8230

Consultant 2

Mark Holden
Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Inc.
114A Washington St.
Norwalk, CT 06854, United States
Phone: 203 838 4167

Consultant 3

Jon Herrin
L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc.
3333 Lee Parkway
Dallas, TX 75219, United States
Phone: 214 507 8772


Nick Merrick
Hedrich Blessing Photographers
400 N. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60642, United States
Phone: 312 491 1101