OLSON SOUND DESIGN was organized in 1991. The consulting staff, led by principal consultant Bruce C. Olson and provides consultation in acoustical and technical systems design for Performing Arts Centers, Recording Studios, Houses of Worship, etc.
Now in its 25th year, the firm has completed or has underway projects in a half dozen states. The undertakings range from the renovation of the Guthrie Theatre to the design of a recording system for the Managed Care School at UHC — from the sound design in highly reverberant cathedrals such as at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN., to the design of audio and video production facilities for North Central University, Minneapolis, MN. We have been involved with numerous historical renovations, like the sanctuaries for the First Baptist Church of Amarillo, TX, or the Air Force Academy Chapel, which meant integrating the technical systems into the architecture in a way that does not detract from the beauty of these spaces. In each case, careful attention to detail, respect for budgets and schedules, and an unswerving commitment to providing the very best and most informed technical advice are our standards.
The overwhelming majority of our current clients are people with whom we have worked before. We take inordinate care in maintaining contact with our clients, even long after the project is officially complete.
For all our projects our broad background and first-hand experience in the performing arts has allowed us to make flexible and creative contributions to the design team that are free of academic orthodoxy and wholly sympathetic to the practicalities of building design and the ongoing needs of performers and other users.