The Rady Shell, San Diego Symphony

The Rady Shell in San Diego Symphony’s new bay side venue is the first permanent year-round bay side concert venue in the nation operated by the Symphony Orchestra. The Rady Shell can accommodate audiences of 3,500 – 8,000 per concert and up to 10,000 for special events.

Fabritecture were engaged for the technical design and fabrication of the Rady Shell and surrounding Pavilion structures. The Shell itself comprises a rolled steel frame and PTFE cladding. The entire structure is approximately 236,000lbs (107,000kgs or 107 tonnes).

The stage accommodates an orchestra size of up to 150 musicians and choir with a front of stage width of 32m and depth of 20m. The roof cantilevers 15m from the front of the stage and can carry a payload of up to 50T.

The stage incorporates state of the art constellation sound system designed and engineered by Meyer Sound. This system provides an exemplary sound environment on stage for the musicians, whilst also providing the technical flexibility required for a variety of other performances

The overall project includes development of a range of public facilities, including restrooms, fitness facilities & rest areas. Food pavilions and a small stage are also part of the master design plan. 19402

Architect: Tucker Sadler Architects
Performance Shell Design: Soundforms
Fabric Structure Engineering: Wade Design Engineers
Drone Footage: Pink Media Productions
Photo Credit: San Diego Symphony

19402 - The Rady Shell, San Diego

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2021 IFAI Outstanding Achievement (Category 3: Hybrid Tension Structures)
2021 STA Award for Excellence (Category 14)

Location: San Diego, CA
Completion Date: 2021
Size: 55,208sqft (5,129sqm)
Fabric: Chukoh FGT-800 PTFE & ETFE; Serge Ferrari Soltis 86