dallas city performance hall
Hospitality & Entertainment — Dallas, TX

Moody Performance Hall

Formerly known as Dallas City Performance Hall, Moody Performance Hall is a multi-phase project in the Arts District featuring a 750-seat theater, two flexible 200-seat theaters, art galleries, a café and bookshop, an enclosed garden and educational and meeting spaces. Each of the different interior spaces is clearly defined, making the $32.1 million, 46,655-square-foot complex easy to navigate and utilize.

The flexible design includes feedback from 70 Dallas art organizations that could potentially perform in the facility.

Opened in 2012, the performance hall used concrete as the primary construction design to take advantage of a wealth of options. The structure includes a long, sweeping roof flanked by two stories of cast-in-place concrete walls and is organized as a series of linear pavilions.

The structure includes exposed concrete walls with an articulated pattern and wood grain appearance, cantilevered patron seating, concourse slabs and a floating post-tensioned bar tendon of concrete scissor stairs.

The dense concrete walls create a solid and effective barrier that holds in musical sounds and the spoken word while protecting against potentially distracting noises. Moody Performance Hall has received rave reviews for acoustical quality.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) was used extensively throughout the project to evaluate construction methods and respond to unique quality requirements and challenges. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows in the main lobby offer a spectacular view of the Arts District.

Moody Performance Hall was designed to reduce energy consumption by 42 percent over the current energy code baseline through the use of high-performance roofing composition, efficient glazing systems and state-of-the-art mechanical systems. Approximately 40 percent of the building materials used in the project are comprised of recycled content and approximately 45 percent of the materials are from locations within the region. Construction waste strategies diverted approximately 75 percent of the material debris from a project that achieved LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Joint Venture Partner

  • Pegasus Texas Construction LP


  • Corgan Associates, Inc.
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP​

Every member of the McCarthy team took this project to heart and gave their best. McCarthy team member’s positive attitude and work ethic resulted in a high-profile building exceeding all expectations. The owner witnessed a truly positive and enjoyable working environment between all of the design and construction personnel.

Thomas Wurtz, Senior Architect
City of Dallas

Awards and Recognition

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2013 Frank Lloyd Wright Award

Achievements in New Design/Renovation of a Building
Moody Performance Hall
AIA Illinois

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2012 Excellence in Construction

Recognition Award
Moody Performance Hall
AGC of America

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2012 Distinguished Building Award

Moody Performance Hall