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A Massive Installation: Purdue University’s New Rec Center, Part 1

Aug 7, 2014 12:48 PM, With Bennett Liles

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Purdue University did a complete renovation of its gigantic France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center with multiple sound zones and control systems. ITC, Inter Technologies Corporation, came in for the job, and Clinton Wimberly is here to tell us about it. That’s coming right up on the SVC Podcast.

Clinton, thanks for joining us here on the SVC Podcast coming to us from ITC, Inter Technologies Corporation, and your office in North Carolina.

That is correct. Pleasure to be here.

And of course ITC has offices all over and we are going to be talking about a huge audio installation at Purdue University’s France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, a gigantic place.

Yeah, it’s massive.

It looks like they were doing a huge renovation for about two years now and they called in ITC for the sound system. So in addition to this what sort of projects does ITC do and where do you do them?

We do all types of AV projects: live audio, classroom technology, corporate, digital signage, striking, and for large events and whatnot. We’ve got offices in Arizona, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia at the moment, but doing jobs from east to west across the United States. [Timestamp: 1:44]

And so you got the job and you knew it was going to take a good while. Sort of describe the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center. What all goes on in there?

Initially it was a shelter, and this recreational sports center was a brand new, state-of-the-art add-on at Purdue, which has gym space, staff offices, conference rooms, lounge areas, many large gyms, dance studios, group cycling studios, a lot of exercise spaces on all floors. There’s five floors there. I believe once the renovation was all done a gross 330,000 feet, so it’s a massive, massive building. The biggest job we’ve ever done. [Timestamp: 2:29]

Yeah, I think the key thing is that there can be so many different things going on in there at the same time.


Did the fact that it was originally built around 1957 add any difficulty to the installation, having to go through some pretty old stuff?

When they went to go the renovation, the original idea was to take the old building—built in 1957, as you mentioned—to the ground. And what they found was the original core of the building was built to be a shelter area and the concrete was so thick it couldn’t be demolished with any type of ease. So the new building was built around this 1957 core, but it was done seamlessly so it didn’t affect the AV side, but it presented a large challenge to the construction for sure. [Timestamp: 3:11]

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