Bradd Brown presents Paramount Theatre at national AIA convention

OPN Architects Principal Bradd Brown will present at the national AIA convention in Philadelphia.

Brown will co-present along with Chicago-based Threshold Acoustics Partner Carl Giegold and acoustic consultant Bradley Fritz and Thomas Johnson, a principal at Martinez + Johnson Architects, in Seamless Integration of Acoustics in the Restoration Historic Theatres on May 20.

The team worked together on the restoration of the historic Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. After a 2008 flood destroyed the theatre’s main floor and stage, planners wanted to both improve the acoustic quality of the space and maintain the theater’s status on the National Register of Historic Places.

They will discuss how they accomplished the feat with cutting-edge research and techniques that enhance acoustics using historic materials, potential pitfalls, and key questions to ask contractors and consultants when hiring for historic renovations.