Ave Maria Oratory

The new 1,100 seat Oratory at Ave Maria University serves as the center of spiritual life for both the surrounding community and the University itself. Cavanaugh Tocci Associates provided consulting for room acoustics, noise and vibration control, and A/V systems design and sound reinforcement.

The Oratory nave is 100 feet tall. The acoustic design complements the scale of the space, providing generous reverberation times for instrumental and choral performances. The resulting aural experience is akin to the great Medieval cathedrals.

The sound system incorporates advanced loudspeaker and microphone technology to maintain excellent speech intelligibility despite the ample reverberation. The system maintains realistic sound source localization and excellent speech clarity without large speaker clusters. Low background sound levels required for musical performances and speech were achieved through careful review of building systems.

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