As public health conditions improve and large-scale events return, performance-goers can look forward to an upgraded experience at Bass Concert Hall. A major renovation is currently underway at Austin’s largest theater. Highlights include:
Balcony Sightlines and Seats: The original 1,241 balcony seats will be recycled and replaced. The side sections of the balconies will be rebuilt to improve sightlines and increase patron comfort. Seating rows previously facing the proscenium walls in these sections will be curved toward the stage, allowing a full view from all balcony seats. Accessibility and sightlines for performance-goers who use wheelchairs and their companions will be especially improved.
Audio/Visual Systems: The audio/visual systems are being upgraded to expand capabilities for artists and designers. Renovations include relocating the house sound mixing position and new audio/video infrastructure to support recording and streaming.
Lobby Space: Patrons will experience additional circulation space in the lobby areas to reduce crowding.
And More: Additional elements include replacing aisle lighting for better visibility and new carpet in the lobbies and auditorium. In a related project, the venue's ventilation system has been upgraded to provide better air filtration throughout the hall.
Renovations will be completed in May 2021.
UT Austin Project Management and Construction Services is coordinating the project. Collaborators on the project include Texas-based Pfluger Architects, led by Principal Frances Brooks in the Austin office; Turner Construction Company's Austin business unit as general contractor; new balcony seating designed by the Dallas office of Schuler Shook theater planners; and audio/visual system upgrades and acoustic design by JaffeHolden.