Lucasfilm Skywalker Ranch Technical Building, Nicasio, CA

Architect: BAR Architects, San Francisco, CA

Skywalker Ranch is located in a secluded area of Marin County. Charles M. Salter Associates provided acoustical consulting services and design for this film, sound-recording, and post-production building. The space includes a 300-seat screening room, music scoring stage, ADR, Foley, and pre and final sound mix and editing suites. The recording stages established new thresholds for quiet background noise produced by ventilation systems. The room acoustics design for all of the critical listening and mixing studios was based on new criteria for speech intelligibility. Subsequently, our firm consulted on the new addition, which entailed increasing the number of sound design rooms and remodeling the mix stages.

Engineering Excellence Honor Award, American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC), 1988