This week, some of the 8 Great Staff members were given a behind the scenes tour of the Carmel Palladium. All I can say is WHOA. Throughout the tour, I heard that the building will stand the test of time for the next 150, 500 or 1,000 years! While I thought that was a neat piece of information, I thought I would share other cool facts and photos from my hour inside the Carmel Palladium:

  • Nearly 40,000 cubic yards of dirt were removed for construction of the building.
  • Approximately 6,750 cubic yards of concrete were used in the construction of the building.
  • There are approximately 6,000 pieces of steel in the structure.
  • It takes nearly 15,000 pieces (35,000 cubic yards) of Indiana limestone to clad the building
  • The roof, which will eventually be clay tile, of the building is made up of 10 thick precast concrete to achieve acoustics.
  • 2 1/2 doors and 2 1/2 thick plaster are found throughout the Main Hall for ideal acoustics.
  • The main floor and stage will be covered by a wood floor to enhance the acoustics.
  • The Hall houses a special acoustic canopy made up of space framing and large, thick shapes of glass.
  • At the top of the main hall is an Oculus (pretty window type thing) with a STC65 rating (Sound Transmission Control) sound barrier and shade to block out exterior sounds and light when required.
  • The design is a traditional shoe box shape, with high ceilings and massive, sound-reflecting walls, and surface detailing that creates sound reflection at different frequencies.
  • The building has three entrances to accommodate patrons entering from different locations.
  • Seating for 1600 patrons, approximately 800 of these are located on the main floor, more than 600 patrons will have access to box seating at multiple levels.
  • The main lobbies will have approximately 8,500 square feet of stone flooring.
  • There are 32 stairs in the building, including 2 grand stairs, to allow patron movement between floors.
  • There will be approximately 7,000 square feet of shell space available to display the Michael Feinstein Foundation and collection.
  • The building has 7 accessible exterior terraces located on all sides of the building.
  • To date, there have been approximately 250,000 man-hours spent to date on construction activities and 300 workers.
  • A total of 28 Prime Contractors representing 6 Central Indiana Cities, 5 States & 2 Countries (USA & Canada)
  • A total of 10 specialty consultants have been used in the design/development of the project.
  • Programming will include a Great American Songbook Series, jazz, dance, classical and country concerts, as well as appearances by world-famous symphonies, singers and musicians. Free shows will occasionally be offered to the public.
  • The name was chosen to align with the architectural magnificence of the building's design. Steven Libman, Executive Director.

The grand opening of The Palladium is set for Saturday, January 29, 2011.