From “Rock to Bach”: Acoustical Shell Enhances it All

From “Rock to Bach”: Acoustical Shell Enhances it All

_MG_8375“We’re probably the most diverse amphitheatre in the country,” says Jeff Young, Vice President of Operations with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.

This nonprofit facility hosts up to 70 events annually, including a range of music concerts (“Rock to Bach”), opera, ballet and graduations. Seating capacity is 16,500 – 6,500 under the roof and 10,000 on the lawn.

Upon opening in 1990, the Pavilion purchased a custom acoustical shell from Wenger. When the time came to replace it, several options were evaluated before again selecting Wenger.

In the spring of 2012, they received a newly redesigned Wenger Diva® acoustical shell; it features many improvements from the first Diva launched in 1995.

The tower frame is a one-piece extrusion, enabling a higher maximum tower height – up to 40’. The ceiling truss accommodates more lights, which larger shells require. The integrated trim strip between towers gives architects and designers more aesthetic flexibility.

Wenger’s installation of the shell’s 10 towers and five ceiling panels went very smoothly according to Young, who adds that Wenger’s on-site crew was great. He expects the shell to be used a dozen times annually, including for Houston Symphony concerts.

“The Diva’s design is similar to our first Wenger shell, but the technology has obviously improved over the years,” Young concludes. “This shell is easier to set up, take down and put away.”

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