Hey guys - I've been invited to be on the board of directors and the steering committee for a new multi-million dollar performing arts center in Virginia and while I'm no stranger to concert halls or non-profit boards, I'm curious to see if any of you have any suggestions or ideas beyond what I've already thought of. My basic thoughts thus far in considering the acoustical aspects of the hall are: 1 - Hire a dedicated acoustician to design the hall and to work directly with the architect. (This sounds like common sense, but in every one of the school auditoriums, this has been completely overlooked.) 2 - Basic wiring schematics for wings, floor, and cat walk for mics, effects, speakers. 3 - Interview and evaluate HVAC contractors to ensure that the contractor who gets the job can install a ventilation system which is capable of near silent operation and that has a local override capability. We'll be working with the money folks to make sure that an adequate audio system is installed as well and I'll have my ideas as to what should or shouldn't be installed. The primary purpose, as I understand it, for this venue is for concert events for orchestras and other ensembles as well as for theater productions that do not have HUGE props (in other words, no gigantic fly space). So it is a multi-purpose space. Any thoughts or experience would be very welcome! Cheers- J.