Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Silva Concert Hall


A 2,500-seat multipurpose theatre and 500-seat drama theatre comprise the Hult Center, one of the nation’s most active and successful performing arts complexes. Since it opened in 1984, the Center has been credited with playing a significant role in helping to revitalize Eugene’s economy, from the mid ’80s, when the city was economically depressed through present day.

The spacious 2,500-seat Silva Concert Hall is a multipurpose proscenium theatre with a horseshoe-shaped auditorium flanked by curved loges, a mezzanine, and balconies. The smaller Soreng Theater has a flexible proscenium that allows smaller companies a range of possibilities for experimental staging.

FDA took a lead role in shaping the design of the two halls, developing functional and attractive seating plans that break down the scale of the large hall, and creating smaller, more intimate seating groups. Additionally we designed and specified rigging and lighting equipment and helped the archtitects carefully integrate the equipment into the room’s architecture.

  • Client: City of Eugene, Oregon
  • Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
  • Completion Year: 1982
  • Location: Eugene, Oregon
  • Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Building Size: 120,000 s.f.

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