Calgary Opera Community Arts Centre


  • Western Canada

The Challenge:

The 45,000 sq.-ft. multi-functional hub will include a flexible 400-seat performance/rehearsal hall, additional rehearsal, classroom and studio spaces, set-building, props and costume production shops and administrative areas for Calgary Opera and its arts partner groups.

Main challenges for this project are in designing for multiple users (requiring multipurpose acoustics) and controlling noise from the scene shop, as it abuts the theatre.

The Innovation:

Aercoustics provided 3D modelling for the theatre to assess operatic performance, rehearsal, lectures, dramatic performance, and dance. We recommended isolated construction to achieve the desired level of separation between spaces. Our team also assessed the potential impact of environmental noise sources on the theatre operation (including rail noise) and provided recommendations to limit noise intrusion.