Hilton Phoenix Chandler Hotel, Chandler, Ariz.
Nov 24, 2009 12:00 PM
Getting in After Construction
When Sound Image was approached to design and build an AV system for the Hilton Phoenix Chandler in Chandler, Ariz., the hotel was already under construction with six floors up and a nearly completed exterior.
The first challenge for Sales Engineer Eric Johnson and his Sound Image team was integrating their approach into a done-deal construction scheme without tearing up the basic plans and starting over.
"Our client, Gary Scarborough, was hired by Hilton International as the builder and this was his first full-service hotel, and because of the high-tech nature of the Chandler area, AV had to be beyond state-of-the-art," Johnson says.
"With a budget of $150,000, we had to provide a sophisticated background music system with touchscreen control technology plus a digital signage system, all reflecting the level of technology in that city," he says. "Chandler has been called the 'Silicon Valley of the Desert' with companies like Microchip, Intel, and Freescale, all leaders in the semiconductor industry. So the goal was to create a technology package so that when those types of clients came into the hotel, it would feel very familiar and cutting-edge to them."
Johnson envisioned a smooth sound system that produced a good audible background level at low volumes so people could converse with someone right next to them without shouting, yet clearly hear the music in the background. A guest could walk anywhere and not be disturbed or distracted by any single loudspeaker running louder than it needed to be.
Johnson chose Martin Audio loudspeakers, which he was already familiar with and knew would produce the desired sound quality over a long lifespan. "The design called for high-quality sound at a low volume, and we could get rich low-frequency sound and clarity. The Martin ceiling speakers made sense for music and speech in a variety of settings from the lobby, to the meeting rooms and bar/restaurant. And the ease of installing Martin speakers was particularly appealing," he says.
In addition to strategically deploying 125 Martin Audio C8.1T, C6.8T, and C4.8T ceiling loudspeakers throughout the facility, Sound Image put in a Crestron control system consisting of a TPMC-8X wireless touchpanel and wall-mount docking station with TPS-4L and TPS-6L touchpanels. Other system components included Crown CTS 600, 1200, and 2000 power amps, BSS London Blu processing, and Draper projection screens.
Johnson chose a full complement of enclosures from Middle Atlantic Products having had a long history of deploying the company's products. "They have always been on time with their delivery and have a selection of products that is always being improved for use in the AV Industry," he says.
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