Morrison Center for the Performing Arts


Project Information

Location
Boise, Idaho
Owner/Client
State of Idaho
Boise State University
Harry W. Morrison Foundation
Completion
1983
Size
185,000 s.f.
Awards
American Institute of Architects Honor Award

Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

Located on the campus of Boise State University, the Morrison Center is a joint project between Boise State University, the City of Boise, the Morrison Foundation and the State of Idaho.

The triangular shaped lobby enables three theater and rehearsal halls to share the same support facilities (lobby, dressing rooms, backstage, loading docks). Entering the main lobby, one is swept up a grand stairway and turned to face the park and the scenic Boise River.

The 2,030 seat Orchestra Hall utilizes acoustics with side wall reflection of sound. The acoustical environment can be tailored for specific speech or music functions using of a sound shell that projects the sound energy outward toward the audience. Extending or retracting sound absorptive draperies from sidewalls or overhead can alter reverberation time by a full second and a half.