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Sep 10, 2013 3:32 PM, With Bennett Liles

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Schofield Hall

Schofield Hall

When Schofield Hall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin got a total renovation, Audio Architects of Chippewa Falls was called in to outfit the place with Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live arrays. Nancy Carlson and Andy Pierson are here to tell us the whole story on how it all went in and checked out. That’s coming right up on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Nancy and Pierson:, it’s great to have you with us on the SVC Podcast from Audio Architects in Chippewa Falls, Wis. We have an installation project to talk about in Schofield Hall at the University of Wisconsin, but before we get into that, let’s have a verbal business card; tell us something about Audio Architects. What kind of an outfit do you have there?

Andy Pierson: Thanks for having us. We’re primarily a school, church, and government sound and video contractor, and recently we’ve just been experiencing an awful lot of growth in our school market. That’s both the K-12, additionally the higher education market. We’ve been extraordinarily busy, particularly this summer, and it’s prompted us to look into getting a new building to accommodate all the influx of materials that we have, so we’re looking to expand to a larger building in October. [Timestamp: 1:42]

Well I hope you get it done before winter really sets in. I’m down here in Atlanta and I don’t know how you guys do it up there in winter. I’d go reptilian and not even be able to move.

Nancy Carlson: Lots of layers, that’s the key.

All right, well let’s talk about Schofield Hall. That’s on the University of Wisconsin campus?

Pierson: Correct. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

What do they do with this place? It looks like it’s mainly lectures and so forth, but maybe they have some music acts in there, too. How big is the place?

Pierson: That’s correct. So it’s a 600-plus seat auditorium. It’s roughly about 60ft. by 70ft. in size. It’s used not only for forums, as you mentioned—that includes like the Chancellor’s meetings--they use it as a technology classroom. It’s also used as part of their orientation for all their new students, and it also is a venue for a number of musical activities. It’s used for small music groups, basically. It’s a great facility and part of the upgrade for that room specifically was to improve on the musical performance of the venue. [Timestamp: 2:47]

Okay, so they can handle live music, but I guess their main thing is visiting lecturers and speeches. It would seem that intelligibility would be a prime objective with the new sound system.

Pierson: Absolutely. Intelligibility is usually our first goal and then secondary toward that is to make sure we’ve got the music performance behind it. [Timestamp: 3:05]

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