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Sound and Video at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Part 1

Sep 11, 2012 10:52 AM, With Bennett Liles


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California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base needed to streamline the AV operation in its new Pacific Coast Club to quickly change configuration from one ballroom event to the next. They brought in Jensen AV for the job and John Salgado is here with the story on how Jensen AV handled it, coming up on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: John, welcome to the SVC podcast, and we’re looking at a pretty extensive installation in a place called the Pacific Coast Club at Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was all done by local systems integrator Jensen AV, so first of all tell us about Jensen AV.

John Salgado: Oh well, we are a full systems integrator design firm. We do everything from video, audio to surveillance automation systems. So we do a variety of business. We’ve been in the—gosh—we’ve been in the AV game for probably since 2007 or so maybe even a little bit longer. So yeah, we’ve been enjoying this and it’s been a great ride so far. [Timestamp: 1:25]

Well, that sounds like you keep busy enough. The Pacific Coast Club sounds like a very versatile facility. They’ve got lots of things going on and now a lot of those things can be happening at the same time. So what exactly is the Pacific Coast Club and what was the AV situation when they called you in there?

Well, what it is is we needed somebody who could host local events, on-base events—promotional ceremonies and other local activities, even for the community, but actually it’s a space that is available for the neighboring county so anything from maybe like a prom to a comedy show or something like that could be held there for the community. But primarily the space was designed so that the Vandenberg Air Force Base would have a space to do large meetings, keynote speeches, [and] presentations. Before we came around what they were doing was actually hiring an on-base audiovisual company; for a lack of a better description, it was a rental company. So it would be the case that they would have to set up every single presentation and then have at least one to two techs for every single presentation and the coordination for that would probably take two to three days. So it was something that they needed support to fix and ultimately a couple of the higher ups ended up going to a conference somewhere in Florida and they ended up seeing the space that was similar to this; mixed use, heavy daily rotation of traffic in and out, and they had this system already built in. It was quick and easy. They went and they did a quick overflow meeting, and they were like, “Well these guys were up and running in 30 minutes,” and they came back to the base and said, “We need that. We want that.” [Timestamp: 3:04]

For multiple events now, how many different spaces can this big ballroom be divided into?

They can do three main spaces, and then there are two overflow rooms that probably have a capacity of probably about 80 people each. So all in all they’ll be five total spaces that can run simultaneously, and they do so anything from a job fair in the one section of the ballroom to keynote presentation on the other side of the building. [Timestamp: 3:29]



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