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Stony Brook Arena AV Renovation

Jun 24, 2014 11:53 AM, With Bennett Liles

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A multimillion-dollar renovation of Stony Brook University’s Stony Brook Arena called for a complete rebuild of the power system and Advance Sound Company of Farmingdale, N.Y., was called in for the work. Chief Operations Officer Thomas DePace is going to tell us about the installation using a Lyntec RPC 342 panel, coming up next on the SVC Podcast.

Thomas, thanks for joining us here on the SVC Podcast from Advance Sound Company. We haven’t done a podcast lately on a power system installation, and this is one that really shows where we are with power control and management now. But this completely new power system was actually part of a much bigger renovation of the university’s whole Stony Brook Arena.

That’s correct. The university had invested like $22.4 million in renovating the existing 4,000-seat arena for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, so Advanced Sound Company was involved in the broadcast cabling project, the cable RF distribution, the power upgrades, as well as the sound system replacement.

OK, well, you guys had a lot to do in there, but the one thing that’s basic to audio, video, and lighting is, of course, power, and for all the others to work right you have to get the power system right. For that all-important phase of the job you chose the Lyntec RPC controller panel, which I believe is among its newest models. Why did you decide to go with that one for this project?

We went with the Lyntec panel—the 342 stands for, you know, it’s a three-phase, 42-breaker or 42-slot power controller, and with an arena of this size, it called for about 25 amplifiers as well as scoreboards installed by Daktronics and video boards installed by Daktronics. We wanted to make sure that we had enough of the proper power, clean power. We wanted to make sure we had properly sequenced power, and we wanted to make sure that we were able to have motorized breakers to also save power when it came to saving money for the university, and the Lyntec panel really helped us achieve that. The panel that we put in actually has the Ethernet control in it, so it does give us some metrics in terms of measuring what we can do with the power, how much power consumption we’re using, what breakers are on, what breakers have failed and reset. So there are some great capabilities that augmented the overall project. [Timestamp: 2:47]

And of course a very basic step in the beginning of all that is just assessing what the load is going to be.

Exactly. I mean the arena is not just going to be used for basketball events. In the past, the arena has hosted the likes of concerts including Bruno Mars, and there is some company-powered connections for people to bring in staging and have the power all locally provided by the arena. The Lyntec panel is specifically focusing on the audio and video systems. [Timestamp: 3:19]

If there are just one or two devices or systems in there, that really represent the lion’s share of the power draw what would the biggest power users be?

I would say the audio equipment rack, which is drawing about 45,000W of audio is a true draw on the power system. It’s going to be a constant drawer. There are two video boards installed by Daktronics that will draw a good amount of power, but as everyone knows with LED technology, it’s using less and less power, but we wanted to make sure that we were covering that. We used 30-amp breakers for the video system. [Timestamp: 3:54]

I believe all of that is controlled ultimately with a Crestron touchpanel. How does the control system connect and operate?

When the project was originally designed, it didn’t have any control. We worked with Stony Brook University and their staff over there numerous times and what we felt is that they needed a way to monitor the power, to turn the power on and off, so we have a small Crestron MC3 processor connected to a small touchpanel that allows us to serve a couple of functions. One, it takes the metrics reported from the Lyntec panel and tells us how much power we’re actually using, and it also allows us to symbiotically control the audio processing as well as the motorized breakers. We have a Biamp digital signal processor in there—the new Tesira product—and we’re able to mute all of the amplifier channels as we’re powering up the system to make sure that we’re not overdriving the amplifiers, to make sure that we don’t blow out any speakers or voice coils or things like that. [Timestamp: 4:56]

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