St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has transformed its McGuire campus’ former chapel into a contemporary multi-use student center. The new A/V and media solution – installed as part of the refit – incorporates Community ENTASYS column line arrays.
Maryland-based RJC Designs was selected to create a system that could address a multitude of challenges, from the acoustical and logistical to the aesthetic, while maintaining the room’s classic architectural lines.
Video is centered on a Panasonic WUXGA DLP projector sending HD video to a Draper retractable 108x192in screen. The rear wall and both wings are hung with additional 60in LED monitors, each of which can be tied into the main display or used as separate presentation areas. Digital technologies were used within the development of the infrastructure to support the various displays and also reduce the size and cost of the pathways. All the LED monitors are tied into the campus signage and information network. HDMI, DVI, Component, and other analogue and digital sources are available on the buffer wall and in the front presentation areas.
Audio is provided via dual integrated sound systems, each addressing a critical niche. A pair of Community ENTASYS high-performance column line arrays mounted to either side of the proscenium deliver spoken word intelligibility, augmented by VLF208 subwoofers. High-level musical performance is covered by a pair of iBOX iHP3594 three-way cabinets, with low frequency muscle from two i215LVS dual 15in subwoofers. Crown CTs amplification powers the system, with DSP provided by a Biamp AudiaFLEX CM.
RJC Designs president, Rich Coluzzi, remarked, “Clear and intelligible sound along with dynamic programme audio makes for an exciting audio experience for Saint Joseph’s University students and other attendants.”