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Kehl Associates Receives Standing Ovation  Orchestra Shell Design Improves Drama as well as Music The dedication night for the newly renovated Fregeau Aditorium at Marshall College Prep School in Duluth, Minnesota was a gala event featuring brief performances by the school’s performing groups and a ceremony recognizing those that contributed to the project.  During the ceremony,  each design firm on the team was acknowledged with a round of applause for their involvement on the project.  As Kehl Associates™  was recognized for for their Acoustic and Orchestra Shell Design, the round of applause grew to a standing ovation.  It was a heartfelt experience for Robert Kehl, founder of Kehl Associates™,  who states, “I’ve never felt such appreciation for our design work.” The acoustics of the theater had been suffering from lack of musical presence and displayed poor intelligibility for oratory performances.  The unique orchestra shell designed by Kehl Associates™ had rectified both problems.   The design utilizes
My personal thans to our clients and friends who have made our first 25 years so successful and enjoyable.  I look forward to personally serving you for years to come.  Please feel free to contact me directly with  any needs, questions, or comments.   Robert Kehl                                                          Founder & CEO   Kehl Associates™  - Where every project.....                                                         ..... is managed by the Owner.       2071 Glacier Drive                                                80 So. Eighth St. Suite Three                                                    Suite 900 IDS Center St. Croix Falls, WI,  54024   	                  Minneapolis, MN 55101888-715-5345    			                     612-332-5345
adjustable overhead reflectors that are deployed at various angles depending on the performance type,  musical or oratory. For musical performances the overhead reflectors are deployed in a traditional manner to provide sound reflections to the on-stage performers as well as the audience.  For drama and other oratory performances, the overhead reflectors are deployed at a steeper angle in order to   reflect stage sound to the audience through acoustically translucent stage teasers.  The teasers were selected and acoustically tested by Kehl Associates™ to ensure sufficient acoustical translucency and optical opacity.  The additional sound  from the orchestra shell reflectors, passing through the stage teasers, successfully enhances speech intelligibility for oratory performances.   The design of the orchestra shell was challenged by the low height in the theatre’s modified fly space.  Close coordination with the lighting and rigging design produced a working solution.  Upon installation, Kehl Associates™ conducted an acoustical tuning session to fine tune the angles of the reflectors for various types of performances.  The results are a unique orchestra shell system with variably deployable reflectors that acoustically enhances music as well as drama and oratory performances with great success. The renovation also includes a new catwalk with additional lighting locations, revised rigging, new stage curtains, a new digital lighting console, and a new left-center-right sound system with digital mixing console.  In addition, accommodations were included for future systems including video projection, theatre sound effects, and virtual variable acoustics. ACOUSTICAL and ORCHESTRA SHELL DESIGN as well as THEATRICAL LIGHTING, STAGE RIGGING,and SOUND SYSTEM DESIGN are some of the specialty design services offered by Kehl Associates™.  We provide specialty design services for all types of facilities.    
©2018 Kehl Associates LLC- All Rights Reserved Kehl Associates, LLC   Suite 900 - IDS Center  80 South Eighth StreetMinneapolis, MN  55402    612-332-5345        In 2018 we celebrate our 33rd year as a consulting firm.  My personal thanks to our clients and friends who have made our first 33 years so successful and enjoyable.  I look forward to personally serving you for years to come.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any needs, questions, or comments.    Robert Kehl Founder & CEO   Kehl Associates™  - Where every project.....                                                       ..... is managed by the Owners. EMAIL CONTACT
What We Do Architectural Acoustics and System Design Kehl Associates™ is a specialty consulting firm that provides design expertise in architectural acoustics, sound, audio-visual, theatrical lighting, and stage rigging systems.  Our designs are incorporated into Performing Arts Theatres, Churches, Educational and Athletic Facilities, Government and Corporate Facilities, and a diversity of other facility types.  Architectural Infrastructure for Technology We help your architect design spaces that work for the technology by designing the infrastructure into the building to accommodate the systems in each space.  We critique room geometries and architectural features to ensure good hearing, viewing, sound, and lighting coverage, and adequate space for technology equipment and operation.  We define the electrical, structural, and mechanical systems requirements for proper operation of sound, video, lighting, and rigging systems.  We work with your building design team to incorporate this technology infrastructure into the design of the building. Systems Design and Procurement We design sound, video, lighting, and rigging systems that will serve the users needs and match the acoustics and geometric features of the individual spaces in the facility.  We  provide component level systems drawings, documentation, and specifications for bidding and procurement purposes.  Construction Management and Testing We help manage the construction and systems installation, performing on-site inspections and testing to make sure everything is built and installed as intended. Design-Build  We also offer Design-Build options that provide single-source design, sales, and installation of acoustical treatments as well as sound, audio-visual, theatrical lighting, and stage rigging systems.  Contact us for more information.    
ARCHITECTS: BDP Architects -Duluth, MN BKV Group - Minneapolis, MN SOUND CONTRACTOR: New Life Communications - Wilmar, MN