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The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference's goal is to create a foundation for dialog among those involved in the creation of performance space, be it new construction or the renovation of an existing facility. The following program that will act as a springboard for discussion that can continue long after the conference has closed.

AIAAll sessions approved for AIA/CES Continuing Education Credits are identified by this symbol.

All you ever wanted to know about automation but were afraid to ask.

AIAA discussion on systems currently in place and the changes we can expect over the next 10 years. The stage panel will look at the impact automation will have, not only on HVAC and communications systems, but also on the structural requirements of the venue.

Moderator: David Edelstein, Founder, Triple E, Ltd. UK
Panelists: Mark Ager, Managing Director, Stage Technologies, Ltd. UK & USA
  Scott Fisher
  Andy McArthur

High School Auditoriums: – Why Good Design Matters

Audience expectations when attending today¹s high school performances have been hugely influenced by such popular media as Glee and American Idol. As the production needs of secondary education performing arts programs grow, school officials are demanding better design of their multipurpose auditoriums, as well as more capability in their technical production systems. In this session we discuss what¹s right, and wrong, with the way secondary school auditoria are programmed designed, and what should be considered when designing or outfitting "just another high school auditorium".

Moderator: Dan Culhane, SECOA
Panelists: Peter Scheu, Scheu Consulting Services, Inc.
  Vijay Sehga, AIA, Founding Partner, fsy Architects, Inc.

Safety by Design

AIAA performance venue is typically an environment rife with potential hazards. The work is performed under tight schedules, involves the use of unusual structural, mechanical and chemical materials and, just to make it interesting, is often done in the dark. This session explores the potential dangers and provides solutions to consider in the planning and design phases.

Moderator: Eddie Raymond, VP-Training, IATSE Local 16 San Francisco.
Panelists: Scott F. Georgeson, Architect, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  Monona Rossol, MS MFA Industrial Hygenist

The Changing Infrastructure of Performance Spaces in the Era of Solid State Lighting

AIAPower distribution, HVAC, and control networks are all being affected by the move from tungsten to solid-state lighting. Infrastructure design decisions are not easily reversible, yet the timing of the change to solid state lighting is not precisely known. How much air conditioning? How much power? When can the dimmer room be eliminated? These are all questions that theatre designers are grappling with. This panel would seek solutions to these and other infrastructure questions.

Moderator: Steve Terry, VP – Research & Development, ETC
Panelists: Curtis Kasefang, Senior Consultant,Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Inc.
  Joel Rubin, President, Joel E. Rubin Consultants
  Robert Young, Senior Theatre Consultant, Arup

How to be the Perfect Client

AIAIt is often forgotten that theaters are not built by architects and contractors, but by clients. It is the client who identifies the need, creates the vision, writes the brief, raises the money and eventually, after many years of hard work and determination, hires a team to start the design process. But as the project moves into the world of architects, project managers and consultants, a new set of challenges awaits. This session will offer practical advice and guidance to clients on how to successfully organize your resources and manage your theatre project.

Moderator: Jack Tilbury. Plann Limited, London, UK.
Panelists: David Rosenburg, Director, Theatre Projects Consultants
  Cosmo Catalano, Jr., Technical Supervisor of the Williams College '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
  Molly McGowan, Associate Partner, Ennead Architects

New York City's Model for Developing New Performing Arts Facilities:
Innovative Public/Private Partnerships for the Performing Arts

An open discussion of the methods that the City of New York uses to develop new arts facility projects, the challenges they face and the outcomes of the process.

Moderator: Steven Friedlander, Principal, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Panelists: Andrew Burmeister, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  Adam Bernstein, General Manager, Signature Theatre
  Adrian Ellis, AEA Consulting
  Carol Ochs, Executive Director, The 52nd Street Project

Restoration of Pre-Depression Era Theatres

AIAThis panel will explore the blending of the old and the new; the equipment required for current day performances and the physical limitations of a building designed for an earlier time.  The panel will address ways to raise the load ratings or older structures while still maintaining the space to allow for a wide range of performance types.  HVAC, power requirements and lighting will also be discussed.
Moderator: Bill Gorlin, VP-Entertainment Div., McLaren Engineering
Panelists: Mitchell Kurtz, Architect
  Francesca Russo, Architect

Promoting Sustainable Design
- Regulatory and Voluntary Approaches

What's the impact on theatre design of voluntary and regulatory approaches to sustainability? On the voluntary side, LEED is the front runner. But is it the best approach and are there viable alternatives? The regulatory approach has been around at least since ASHRAE 90 was adopted. What has been the impact of California's comprehensive new green building code mean for theatre design?

Moderator: John Runia, Theatre Projects Consultants
Panelists: Nico Kienzl, Director, Atelier Ten
  Mark Loeffler, Director, Atelier Ten

Grids, Catwalks, and Aerial Work Platforms: Planning for Access to Equipment in the Theater

Theaters of any size will incorporate equipment that is suspended in the upper reaches of the space. A responsible design must include provisions for access to this equipment without undue expense or exposure to risk. In this session we will present the access requirements for some basic elements of theater design and explore the balance of function and cost for some common solutions.

Moderator: Peter Svitavsky, Engineer, J. R. Clancy, Inc.
Panelists: Robert Shook, Principal, Schuler Shook, Theatre Planners
  Glenn Turner, Head of Operations, Kennedy Center

History of Broadway and Its Theatres: 250+ Years in 60+ Minutes

Sponsored by the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC)

Presenters: Robert Long, Principal, Theatre Consultants Collaborative
  Scott Crossfield, Director, Theatre Projects Consultants

The Changing Face of Backstage Broadway: A conversation with Local One IATSE

Stagehands offer their insights on the evolution of technology on the Broadway stage over the last 30 years.

Moderator: Paul F. Dean, Jr. Local One IATSE
Panelists: Roger Bardwell, Hudson Scenic Studio
  Fred Smith

Two Case Studies in the Pacific Rim

A look at the Bali Theatre, a 1200 seat purpose built theatre in Gianyar and the Q Theatre, a 350-450 seat variable format venue in Auckland NZ.

Presenters: Craig Gamble, Marshall Day Entertech , Australia
  Virginia Ross, Williams Ross Architects, Melbourne, Australia

What is that seat worth? The relationship of the audience experience in the venue and revenue.

As planners and designers of performance venues, we owe it to our Clients to deliver not only a great looking and functioning building, but one that fulfills the intrinsic need to make sure it's filled with audiences over time: a building's success is measured also by its Owner's success.

Moderator: Adam Shalleck, AIA, The Shalleck Collarborative
Panelists: Duncan Webb, President, Webb Management Services
  Steven Roth, Principal, The Pricing Institute.

Adaptable Acoustics in Performance and Rehearsal Spaces

A lively discussion of the rationale, techniques and effectiveness of diverse approaches to making spaces acoustically more suitable for their users

Moderator: Larry Kirkegaard, Principal, Kirkegaard Associates
Panelists: Hugh Hardy, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
  David Kahn, Principal, Acoustic Dimensions
  Arthur van Maurik, Acoustic Control Systems

Designing for the Next Ten Years

How do we determine what performers, designers, directors and the public will want in a new and constantly changing electronic age?

Moderator: Andy Hayles, Managing Director, Charcoalblue, Ltd. UK
Panelists: David Jensen, Director of Production, New 42nd Street Theatre
  Susan Feldman, Artistic director, St. Ann's Warehouse

Lincoln Center- the 1.2 Billion dollar renovation. Lessons learned?

AIAA look at the project and the benefits stemming from the monumental undertaking.

Moderator: Mark Holden, Chairman, JaffeHolden Acoustics, Inc.
Panelists: Ron Austin, Executive Director, Lincoln Center Redevelopment
  Peter Duffin,Vice President, Brand & Marketing Lincoln Center
  Ben Gilmartin, Principal, DSR Architects
  Peter Rosenbaum, Senior Designer and Project Manager, FDA

Stage Lifts/ Edge Safety

Moderator: Jules Lauve, Principal Consultant, Theatre Projects Consultants
Panelists: Steve Sweet,
  Tanya Gillette
  Cosmo Catalano, Jr., Technical Supervisor of the Williams College '62 Center for Theatre and Dance

Efficient Design Ideas for Theatres: How To Do More With Less

AIAThis session will feature a learned panel hosting a round-table discussion of design ideas that can maximize design efficiency for projects who have modest budgets

Moderator: Robert Hamilton, Theatre Consultant, Douglas Welch Design Associates Ltd, Vancouver, Canada
Panelists: Virginia Ross, Architect, Williams Ross Architects, Australia.
  Anne Minors, Anne Minors Performance Consultants, London, UK
  Katie Oman, Architect, Theatre Consultant Fisher Dachs Associates

Core Values: What Makes a Great Theater?

AIAToday's theater artists choose to perform in an ever-wider assortment of spaces - purpose built theaters, adapted buildings, and found spaces. As the definition of theater space continues to evolve along with the art form it contains, and as technology, commerce, and economic pressures impact artistic desires, recalling what it is about theater space itself that we truly value becomes increasingly important. Theater Consultant Joshua Dachs (Fisher Dachs Associates) will be joined by director David Cromer, NY Times Drama Critic Charles Isherwood, and scenic designer Narelle Sissons to discuss some key experiences they have had in their lives that have inspired them and shaped their thinking, and what their own core values for theater space actually are. The hope is to foster an ongoing dialogue about we value most in the design of theater spaces.

Moderator: Josh Dachs, Principal, Fisher Dachs Associates
Panelists: David Cromer, Director
  Charles Isherwood, New York Times Drama Critic
  Narelle Sissons, Set Designer

ADA 2012: Reviewing the 2010 standards and their impact on our industry

AIAThe very popular NATEAC 2008 panelists are reunited to review the recently revised ADA standards and their impact on the entertainment industry.

Moderator: Scott Crossfield, Director. Theatre Project Consultants
Panelists: Kristi J. (Thomas) Avalos, President/CEO of Accessology, Inc.
  Michael K. Maag, Lighting Dept. Mgr, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Working With Manufacturers, Manufacturers Representatives, & Dealers

Techniques on getting the best products at the best prices

Moderator: Sonny Sonnenfeld, Legendary Lighting Guy
Panelists: Mark Vassallo, VP/Global Sales, ETC
  Jonathan Resnick, President/CEO, Barbizon
  Bob Lorelli, President, Robert Lorelli Associates

Flat Floor Conversion in Performing Arts Centers

The ability to quickly convert from audience seating on risers to a flat floor makes a huge difference in a performing arts center's programming and revenue potential. Case studies will include the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville and the Tobin Center in San Antonio. The panel will discuss how flat floor technology impacts a venue's operations, income, and architecture.

Moderator: Joe Mobilia, Associate Principal, Fisher Dachs Associates
Panelists: Mark Blakeman, V.P., G.M., Nashville Symphony
  Duncan Webb, President, Webb Management Services
  George Shaw, Partner, LMN Architects

Building Code Requirements for Entertainment Installations

AIAIn light of recent events, it is likely and perhaps inevitable that industry standards and codes will continue to be adopted into law. The panel will present a discussion of the state of Building Code requirements as they currently affect the entertainment industry. In addition, the panel will discuss possible future legislation; including providing comment on national and international standards likely to be adopted into law.

Moderator: Karl Ruling, ANSI Standards Administrator, PLASA
Panelists: William Dailey
  Shawn Nolan, Structural Engineer, PRG

Non-Traditional Spaces for Classical Music

AIAAlthough classical music has a long history of being performed in a wide range of venues, most contemporary audiences associate these performances with formal concert halls and opera houses. Recent years, however, have seen the emergence of classical music performances in unlikely spaces ranging from small clubs to cavernous open rooms. Audiences have responded to these performances with enthusiasm and growing attendance, which invites the question: What is it about these spaces that makes them work so well while bearing so little resemblance to more traditional halls? This session will examine that question from the perspective of the performer, audience member, and designer.

Moderator: Gregory Miller, PE, INCE. Principal, Pin Drop Acoustics
Panelists: Josh Dachs, Principal, Fisher Dachs Associates
  Robert Elmes, Director, Galapagos Arts Space
  Ryan Ingebritsen, Sound Designer, Composer