Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Architect: Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, CA

This iconic building designed by Frank Gehry encompasses 293,000 square feet, including the 2,260-seat concert hall, REDCAT Theater, choral performance space, music practice rooms, amphitheater, parking garage, pre-concert event area, and cafe. Charles M. Salter Associates was the associate acoustician and was responsible for building systems noise reduction, environmental sound isolation, sound isolation between interior spaces, and interior acoustics for the practice and rehearsal spaces. Acoustical elements were incorporated in several noteworthy ways. Eight skylights and a large window at the north end of the concert hall attenuate aircraft noise while allowing natural light in the concert hall space. Under the sculptural metal skin are concrete exterior walls with isolated interior walls.

AIA Building Team of the Year Award, The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter, 2003