Campus Showcases Versatile AV
The new Kenyon College Athletic Center shimmers in glass and steel, providing a new focal point to the college's 1,000-acre campus in Gambier, OH. Impressive as the Athletic Center is from the outside, it's equally remarkable within, not only for the quality of its facilities, but also for the flexibility and quality of its building-wide audio and video systems.
SoundCom aimed to provide the necessary flexibility by designing a series of mobile carts —each holding source and control equipment. The carts can move throughout the building and plug into wall plates in various locations.
The carts are equipped with Shure U4D UHF wireless microphone systems, Denon DNT645 CD-cassette combo units, an Ashly MX-508 eight-channel stereo mixer, and an AMX AXDCV6 color video touchpanel. The carts interface with Symetrix 8x8 DSP units and AMX NI-2000 master controllers.
The audio system, especially in the larger spaces, needed to provide both speech intelligibility and good musical reproduction. For many areas of the project, the R Series loudspeakers from Community fit the bill.
“The R Series was the best choice in terms of coverage, throw distance, and sound quality,” Kestner says.
He also notes that the weatherproof quality of the R Series played a role in this specification, particularly because some parts of the building, like the natatorium, were extremely humid and presented condensation risks.
The indoor track area boasts 48 Community R1-66X two-way, full-range systems, while the tennis court area is covered by a dozen R1-66X loudspeakers, and the natatorium has 18 R1-66X loudspeakers.
In the basketball/volleyball arena, SoundCom hung two JBL AM6315 arrays as main speakers for pep rallies and other events, together with 10 JBL AM4212 speakers for side fill. The space can also accommodate a front-of-house mix position, as well as additional sound systems for concerts and musical events.
For video capabilities, the theater is served by a Sony VPL-FX52L LCD projector and an acoustically transparent Stewart custom AT-2M projection screen.
Video also comes into play in the swim center — the only area of the Kenyon complex with video capture and broadcast capability. A pair of Panasonic AW-E350 PTZ cameras is routed through a Leitch VDA-16 distribution amplifier to deliver a live closed-circuit picture to various campus locations.
Among those locations are “wet” conference rooms in which swimmers can observe and analyze their performances. These conference rooms are equipped with LG MU60PZ95V 60-inch plasma displays with matching speakers, along with JVC VCR units and Philips DVD-CD players. These video capabilities offer a powerful coaching resource as well as an opportunity to view events on TV as they occur in the pool.