Building a Theater of Theatrics
Oct 2, 2006 12:00 PM
The following information is courtesy of the 2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.
2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers Choice Awards: Best Home Theatre
Level IV ($103,000-$150,000)
This theater was designed based on many specific parameters. Most importantly, Howell and Associates' client is a talented hobby musician who loves concerts, plays in a band, has a state-of-the-art recording studio in his basement, and appreciates accurate pictures and sound performance. Given the client's musical inspiration and the 12ft. ceiling height that was available, Howell and Associates decided to use the height of the room to create a dramatic three-tiered layout with a railing, step lighting, and floor seating for the kids at the foot of the proscenium—making you feel like you have entered a substantial performance venue with a balcony.
The theater had to seat as many people as possible, without losing the comfort of a cozy family room seating arrangement. The installers had to use Autodesk's AutoCad and choose specific seating early on due to the elaborate floor construction needed to create the three tiers and steps. Also, specific wall and ceiling constructions that are often used in recording studios were incorporated to enhance the sound quality and improve the sound isolation characteristics of the room.
To add to the drama, beautiful motorized velvet curtains and artistically detailed woodwork were incorporated into all of the views in the theater. From breathtaking wainscoting to the majestic crown moldings and floor-nosings, no design element in this room has been overlooked.
To ensure that the speakers and electronics did not take away from the beauty of the environment, in-ceiling high performance speakers and enclosures from Triad were used for the LCR and four in-wall surround speakers, and two subwoofers from Triad were also built into the room, the client is very pleased.
Used to house the electronics for this room and the whole-house distributed audio/video systems, two Middle Atlantic ERK racks were flushed into the side wall of the theater, backing into a room specifically carved out of the utility area, early on in the design phase to allow for plenty of media storage and convenient servicing and upgradeability. All in all, for the budget and the purpose of this theater, it just does not get any better than this!
|Time and Expertise Worksheet|
|Electronic Design and Engineering:||22|
|Proposal and System Documentation Preparation:||3|
|Shop Time for Racking and Testing:||0|
|Final Installation and Calibration:||92|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company:||14|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others:||35|
|Project Management by Others:||42|
|Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper:||0|
|Total Hours to Complete:||289|
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