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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - West Palm Beach, Florida

OWNER: THE RAYMOND F. KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, INC.
AUDIO DESIGNER: ARTEC CONSULTANTS
INTEGRATOR: PRO SOUND & VIDEO
COMPLETION DATE: SEPTEMBER - 1992
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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Overview
A consortium of friends of Oklahoma native Raymond F. Kravis, a prominent geologist and philanthropist who wintered with his wife Bessie in Palm Beach, agreed to raise $5 million in Mr. Kravis' honor.

The gift served as a major catalyst to the private fundraising campaign and inspired the Center's official name. By the time the center opened to the public in 1992, contributions in Mr. Kravis' honor totaled over $10 million.

A year long review of architects culminated in 1986 with the selection of world-renowned Canadian architect, Eberhard Zeidler of Toronto-based Zeidler-Roberts Partnership.

As the community's support for the Center grew, the scope and function of the facility that was originally envisioned expanded. The estimated cost for this new type of facility was $55 million.

 
Blount, Inc., builder of, amongst other major facilities, the New Orleans Superdome, was chosen as the construction company that would build the Center. Blount began the 36 month construction schedule in September of 1989.

They were joined by New York-based Artec Consultants' Russell Johnson, who designed the pristine acoustics of the main concert hall.

In September of 1992, the Kravis Center doors opened to an anxiously awaiting community.

The system entailed the installation and engineering of a high quality state of the art theatrical sound, communications, video, audience recall, and cabling system.

Principal features of this 2,200-seat facility include remote mixing positions, an acoustics design with a noise floor of NC-14, and features of a very elegant concert and Broadway stage facility.

 
Additional efforts in conjunction with the Owner’s Consultant allowed the installation of an amplifier control system with “scene” software, selection of the latest mixing consoles, and last minute changes to the design to take advantage of breaking technologies.

The system design included complete dressing room paging and video monitoring, a cue-light system, stage manager control racks and pendants, a “fly-able speaker array” that is able to be lowered to the stage floor or flown out of sight, and a comprehensive stereo hearing assist system providing complete coverage of this Center.

Pro Sound was contracted again in 2009 to install updated line array speakers, helping to keep this venue state-of-the-art.






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