Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Co-operators Hall is the smaller of the two theaters
Run Centre. The Centre opened in 1997, and also houses the Main
Stage concert theatre; Canada Company Hall, a glass-sided public
space; shops; dressing rooms; wardrobe shop; and "green"
rooms. The Centre accommodates local performing arts groups in Guelph,
as well as outside presenters.
With flexible lighting positioned on pipe grid,
a flat sprung floor, and fine acoustics, Co-operators Hall is an
ideal space for recitals, recordings, rehearsals, small dramatic
productions, cabaret concerts, and business meetings. The room features
telescopic seating for 225, as well as the ability to position loose
seating around the sides of the room to accommodate a thrust stage
configuration. Retractable acoustic curtains allow the room to be
adjusted for speech and amplified events. When extended, the acoustic
curtains absorb some of the reverberant energy, and create the "dry"
environment. Co-operators Hall is accessible to wheelchairs and
has an infrared sound system to assist the hearing-impaired.
Great care was taken by Artec acousticians to
create innovative ways to isolate the Centre's performing spaces
from the ground-born noise and vibration caused by nearby railroad
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Phase services, Auditorium
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting. Architect for the Centre
and Teshima, Toronto.