Todd Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Chesapeake College

Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College
RoomMatch System Bose Professional Rejuvenates the sound at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College

Framingham, MA – The Todd Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD, recently upgraded its 903-seat theater audio system. The effort, led by AV consultant Convergent Technologies Design Group, Inc., was intended to bring the school’s main performance venue up to date, and the centerpiece of this extensive renovation was a RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose Professional.

The system consists of a single center cluster made up of four RoomMatch modules topped with a pair of RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofers, powered by three 8-channel PowerMatch® PM8500N networked amplifiers. Together, these systems transformed the venue into a modern facility able to accommodate the much broader requirements of contemporary music and theatrical performances.

Indeed, TPAC runs the gamut in productions held there, including three concerts per season by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The college also hosts its own productions including Sleigh Ride Around the World, an annual holiday special, along with multiple professional children’s theater touring productions, occasional college theater department performances, local dance school recitals and more. Add in various festivals, bus and truck shows, country music concerts, military service bands, and conferences and business seminars/meetings, and it all makes TPAC a bustling hub for the campus community. Only a flexible system like the Bose RoomMatch could fill all of its requirements.

Working closely with Bose technical personnel, who employed the proprietary Bose Modeler® software to map the space, Bill Holaday, Principal and Project Manager at Convergent Technologies Design Group, was able to choose the exact RoomMatch components he needed to build the perfect system for TPAC. He remarks, “Bose RoomMatch was the only system that could give us the consistency and comprehensiveness of coverage that we needed.” Holaday adds that the Bose system was also chosen for the theater because of the challenge they faced in finding a system that would provide an even coverage solution for the theater that consists of 25-foot ceilings, and that would provide good intelligibility while maintaining the building’s architecture. “I had heard great reviews on RoomMatch systems,” he says. “The shape of the room really lent itself to this type of system, and the kind of precision that the Bose design tool provides and the exact pattern coverage that each individual RoomMatch speaker enclosure offers combined to create a cost-effective, perfectly performing system for the space it’s in.”

Jon Smulyan, Systems Engineer for the project’s integrator, Lee Hartman & Sons (also based in Baltimore), notes that the RoomMatch system was very straightforward to install and integrate, a reflection of the emphasis Bose Professional places on engineering and efficiency. “Bose was willing to put more of its engineering resources into this project, which was another reason RoomMatch was successful for this installation,” he says.

Dick Peterson, CFE, Executive Director of the Todd Performing Arts Center, notes that as a musician, the Bose RoomMatch system satisfies an innate sense of sonic authenticity for him. “The system just sounds wonderful,” he says. He adds that he often uses boundary microphones, such as the Crown PCC-160, to capture the entire stage for theatrical productions. The RoomMatch system has made that even more effective. “With the new system, we have been able to avoid that ‘miked-actor’ sound from the stage” he explains. “It’s incredibly natural sounding, and at the same time the gain-before-feedback is also enhanced. But what I especially like about the RoomMatch system here is how it covers every seat equally, and how we didn’t need to use a delay system for the balcony, just some fill speakers. It’s such a well-engineered system.”

Holaday agrees: “When we did the final walk-through of the venue after installation, we measured the coverage with pink noise and it was exactly what the Bose software predicted: a negligible difference between the best seat and the most distant seat in the house,” he says. “It was an impressive accomplishment.”

Samford University College of Health Sciences

Convergent Technologies was asked by Davis
Architects to provide audiovisual systems
design for Samford University College of Health
Sciences. It is understood that the College of
Health Sciences is a relatively new program,
which will be migrating standards from a range
of existing programs into a single building.
The overall design for each Audiovisual system
was to provide Samford University with cutting
edge technology presentation and simulation
capture systems which will enable the operation,
administration, and security of the facility,
and will also enhance higher education instruction
and collaboration in each educational space.
Spaces to receive Audiovisual systems design
include four high fidelity simulation suites,
ten exam rooms,or lab, health assessment lab,
and the pharmacy.

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Architect: Davis Architects
Construction Cost: $16,402,644
Gross Square Footage: 31,000 gsf

Rutgers’ “front porch” – The Yard: I want to go back to school

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Classes start at Rutgers next Tuesday. Move in is this weekend. But there are 465 lucky students who moved in last Sunday. Students who will be living at what some are calling the “front porch” of the University. The Yard at College Avenue. And, yes, I’d love to live there. Thank goodness DEVCO didn’t use Brett Hall as its design model for this set up. The retail space on the ground level is enough to make most of us who suffered through food at the [Brower] Commons and mad dashes to Greasy Tony’s (Grease for Peace!) drool over the possibilities. And the choice of vendors was intentional, trying to relate to the students’ experiences from home: Krispy Pizza, Jersey Mike’s, Surf Taco, and – yes, an homage – a brick-and-mortar RU Hungry. Grease truck sans truck. Not to mention a 2,000 square foot Starbucks. No one will ever sleep. Rutgers grad and DEVCO President Chris Paladino envisions The Yard as a 24/7 place where students and the community can come together. A true melding of “town and gown”. And, perhaps more importantly, it will give Rutgers a sense of place. A place to gather and to be, something that has been missing.
We had a chance to take a tour while workers were still putting finishing touches on The Yard and the new Rutgers Academic Building (RAB) and we include a gallery here.
In early August, you’d say they’re never going to get it done. Don’t say never to Chris Paladino.

The Rutgers Academic Building

Remember the ugly truncated cone-of-a-building that was part of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary? No? Don’t worry, you aren’t losing any great memories. It’s gone, and in its place is the new academic building. When I saw it on August 12, there were workers crawling all over the place. I asked Chris Paladino if classes had already been scheduled in it. The answer was yes, so it has to be done for next Tuesday. It’s big, it’s attractive, it’s comfortable, and you know you’re at Rutgers because of some pretty nice touches. Here ya go.

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Nothing on the College Avenue Campus has ever been this big, this impressive, or this well done. Granite steps, not simply concrete, with lights embedded. Impressive open spaces for students to gather, both inside and out. Like I said, I want to go back! And looking the other way….. And you know you’re at Rutgers, how? Well, how about the University shield in a student lounge area of the RAB. The final version will be 3D in relief. Very cool. Very nice. Very uncharacteristically Rutgers.

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Original Article Found here: http://www.onthebanks.com/2016/8/31/12461906/rutgers-front-porch–the-yard-devco-college-ave-honors-college

Washington & Lee Dedicate The Center for Global Learning

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Washington and Lee’s new Center for Global Learning began as a vision nearly a decade ago, a concept for a unique space that would embody the university’s evolving global studies program. That vision is now a reality, manifested in brick and mortar, contemporary design and cutting-edge technology.The building was officially dedicated on May 13, with a ceremony that included remarks from Rector J. Donald Childress, President Kenneth P. Ruscio, and Mark Rush, the director of International Education and the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law. “Not only does the mere presence of such a space signal to everyone the importance we place on this element of the curriculum,” said Ruscio at the dedication ceremony, “it also serves as a clear signal to our students about the critical importance of a global perspective as they prepare for the lives of consequence we hope and know they will lead in the world.” The facility, which combines 8,600 square feet of renovated duPont Hall with 17,700 square feet of new space, is “a physical manifestation of an ever-growing part of the education we provide at Washington and Lee,” said Ruscio. It houses classrooms, seminar rooms, instructional labs, and offices for language departments, visiting international scholars and the Office of International Education. Among the new teaching facilities are global discovery laboratories, where innovative resources can be used to harness the expertise of scholars across the globe, and to promote the study of geography, ecology and the environment.In addition, a large glass-walled atrium and adjoining garden and courtyard flow seamlessly, bringing the outdoors in, encouraging student-faculty interaction, and providing a venue for special events. The first classes were held in the renovated duPont space beginning in the winter term despite ongoing construction on the back of the building, and the garden and atrium served as the setting for the dedication ceremony.Carole Bailey, the university’s senior project manager, responsible for overseeing construction of the building, explained what they hoped to achieve with the building and grounds, and how that fit into the more traditional campus setting. “We wanted to create a space like none other on campus, contemporary but still very elegant and approachable,” Bailey said. “Students are loving it so far.” While the building itself is impressive, several of its most significant characteristics are more subtle. Mostly hidden behind the walls and in discreet closets are servers and cables, neatly tucked out of sight. This new technology provides students and faculty with connectivity to the world at large, through high-quality, easy-to-use video conferencing equipment in the classrooms and a state-of-the-art multiplex in the atrium. The atrium’s multiplex features a large display comprising nine integrated screens, mounted on back-lit, perforated cherry paneling, that have the potential to simultaneously display content from nine individual feeds from around the world.Other noteworthy characteristics of the building are also hidden in plain view: in the beautifully landscaped outdoor plaza, in the flexibility of the rooms and common areas, in the meticulously selected materials and décor, and even in the shape of the building’s corridors. “When you come to this part of campus, you start a journey,” said Laurent (Larry) Boetsch, retiring professor of Romance languages and the former director of International Education. “Like a river, everything is curved and winding, with wide sections and narrow sections. The narrow sections naturally pull people together, where they engage with one another, leading to collaboration.” In those narrows are strategically placed seating areas, where students, faculty and visiting scholars are drawn to sit and linger. Flexible classroom layouts are more accessible and allow faculty to experiment with new ways of teaching and connecting. Common areas also provide flexibility, with furniture that moves around to create nooks and crannies, and interesting places for members of the campus community to gather in a casual environment. The Tea House, which is scheduled to open in the building’s atrium in the fall, will also be a means to draw people to the far north end of campus. “This corner of campus has been transformed,” said Rush. “I’m excited to see what sort of gathering place the building becomes.” All of this adds up to much more than just a building. “It was truly intended to be a place of distinction on campus, to bring people together across all departments, and to provide a global perspective,” Boetsch said. As described in a quote from Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Aleph,” which served as an anchor during the construction process, continually connecting the project back to the vision, the Center for Global Learning is indeed a “place where, without admixture or confusion, all the places of the world, seen from every angle, coexist.” “Global learning is for us not just a phrase, not just a trend, not just a building,” said Ruscio. “It is an essential part of a Washington and Lee education. It will happen throughout the campus, and indeed throughout the world, but especially here in this splendid new space.”

by Drewry Sackett | dsackett@wlu.edu

National Law Enforcement Museum

Construction of The National Law Enforcement Museum is now underway in historic Judiciary Square. Convergent Technologies is providing Audiovisual Systems, Telecommunications Cabling, & Access Control Systems design for this exciting project. The Museum will be below grade with two glass entrance pavilions positioned south of the Memorial and fronting E Street with the historic City Hall behind. These glass pavilions will create a sense of openness while establishing a contemporary image for the Museum that respectfully stands apart from the heavier mass of the surrounding historic court buildings. The Museum was authorized by Public Law 106-492 which was signed by President Bill Clinton. Keep up to date on the construction progress NLEM

Architects Exclusive AIA Event

Calling all NY Architects!

Where will you be on May 12th? We are excited to announce that we are hosting an exclusive AIA Happy Hour event! First, there will be an AIA accredited course at 4pm, and then, their will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, and magic until 10pm at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue. This annual event is a great way to connect with other architects within the area.

Don’t miss out on an evening of fun and networking with local architects in New York City! Click to register here: Exclusive AIA Event Please be sure to RSVP by May 9th, so that we can get an adequate head count of architects!

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Missing the Beach?

Beach season has not quite arrived, but it is still possible to get the shore experience. Our audiovisual design abilities coupled with the visual displays of the exhibit produced a replicated experience of walking along the shoreline of an ocean, from the boardwalk to the creatures buried beneath the sand dunes. This interactive experience is called the “Living Seashore.” Before the exhibit could open it was highly anticipated by the public. ABC 2 news covered special sneak peak tours in February of 2015, and the display’s debut in May 2015. The National Aquarium calls it their “most interactive exhibit yet.” The redesigned habitat includes a touch pool with five different animals, tide lines, and geographic knowledge that one could not grasp during a typical beach visit. See photos below:

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‘Light and Sound America’ Covers Our New Audio System Design at Chesapeake College

We would like to thank ‘Light and Sound America’ and ‘Pro Sound Web’ for featuring our design of the new Theater Audio system at Chesapeake College on their websites! The Todd Performing Arts Center had not updated their audio system since the 1990’s. To ensure the theater had even sound coverage through out the space, we decided to install a Dante-enabled Yamaha QL5 digital audio console (purchased through Lee Hartman and Sons in Baltimore) and a Bose speaker system. You can read the full articles at:
Convergent Technologies Designs New Audio System at Chesapeake College

Chesapeake College Upgrades To Yamaha QL5 Digital Audio Console

MGM International Resorts: MGM Springfield

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Convergent Technologies Design Group has been asked to provide telecommunications cabling systems with associated supporting infrastructure for voice/data/RF video outlets, audiovisual system electronics with associated supporting infrastructure, room acoustics, interior sound isolation, HVAC noise control design services for the MGM Resorts MGM Springfield to be located in Springfield, Massachusetts. CTDG recommended Noise Criterion levels and room reverberation times for the following spaces: hotel, spa/fitness center, lobbies, retail spaces, suites, guestrooms, casino, banquet halls, food court, kitchens, hotel pool/deck, residential spaces, bowling alleys, cinema, restaurants/bars and church.

Architect: Gensler
Location: Springfield, MA
Project Size: 841,933 GSF
Construction Cost: $80,000,000

Martin House’s Story: Understanding What’s Important M&T Bank Commercial

Check out this commercial about the Martin House, a project CTDG was proud to be a part of! Technology systems included: telecommunications cabling (voice, data, RF Video), video surveillance and intrusion detection, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wi-Fi electronics, audiovisual presentation, public address and program/speech audio reinforcement along with the associated supporting infrastructure.

MEMA in Sound & Communications

Convergent Technologies was mentioned in an article in Sound & Communications for our Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Project. To view this article and find out more about the project click below and read pages 42-48 and page 77 for details:

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0d7bd2b#/f0d7bd2b/42

Clubhouse Cinema Theater at Stonefield Apartments- AV and Acoustic Design

Development is underway on Stonefield Luxury Apartments, a 194-unit gated apartment complex in Chandler, AZ. The leading developer, P.B. Bell & Associates, retained Convergent Technologies for audiovisual and acoustical schematic design services for a planned Clubhouse cinema theater in the apartment development. The design deliverables included a narrative description of the audiovisual presentation systems to be installed for cinema viewing via a variety of mediums, including Blu-RAY/DVD; Satellite TV, CATV channels; and laptops/computers. The acoustical analysis addressed general acoustical requirements for the theater space. For optimum cinema acoustical performance, Convergent specified interior sound reverberation times within the theater, sound-isolation standards between spaces, and noise-criteria levels for HVAC equipment. The design services included recommendations for the theater’s interior acoustical finishes. Additional project responsibilities included a sightline study of the planned room dimensions to establish seating capacity and audiovisual equipment location and layout. Deliverables for this project, including a narrative report, were completed in March 2012.

Architect: Whitneybell Perry Architecture & Planning
Builder/Owner: P.B. Bell & Associates Inc.
Location: Chandler, AZ
Total Apartment Complex Development Cost: $24.5 MILLION

University of Mary Washington- Anderson Lobby Video Upgrades

Convergent Technologies Design Group, Inc. (CTDG) was asked to provide audiovisual system electronics with associated supporting infrastructure design services for the University of Mary Washington Convocation Center – Lobby Video Upgrades, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. CTDG provided deliverables for this design project that commenced and concluded with the construction documents phase of the installed systems. This scope of work included the necessary components, cabling, programming, infrastructure and installation specifications to support building-wide video distribution and digital signage. The design included an expansion of the AV system as designed by Convergent Technologies in the original design of the Convocation Center. This project has been successfully complete since 2013.


Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Project Budget: $90,000
Project Size: 155,000 GSF

Johns Hopkins University & Maryland Institute College of Art (JHU/MICA)- Renovation of 10 E North Street

Scope of this project includes the renovation of a former theater at 10 East North Street. The building is being transformed into a multi-purpose educational space with tenants including the Maryland Institute College of Arts and Johns Hopkins University. The building is renovated to include film screening rooms, film editing suites, a television studio, a professional recording studio, galleries, artists’ studios, conference rooms, classrooms, seminar rooms, and administrative offices. 10 East North Street will be a thriving center of for arts and innovation to all especially JHU/MICA students who will be holding their combined film classes there in the near future. Convergent Technologies is providing acoustical analysis services including review of room acoustics, interior sound isolation, and HVAC system noise and vibration control, as well as audiovisual, telecommunications structured cabling, access control, video surveillance, and television studio lighting systems design services. Convergent Technology’s participation in this project has commenced in the Schematic Design phase, and will conclude with Construction Administration and system commissioning.

Architect: Ziger/Snead Architects
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Project Size: 73,000 GSF
Project Budget: $18 MILLION

Augustana College- Froiland Science Complex

Convergent Technologies Design Group (CTDG) has been asked to provide audiovisual systems electronics, room acoustics, interior sound isolation and HVAC noise control design services for the Augustana College Froiland Science Complex to be located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. CTDG has been asked to include deliverables for a two-phase, two-building design and construction project commencing with the Schematic Design/Design Development Phases and concluding with Construction Administration phase of the project. Phase 1 of this project will consist of a 41,000 SF addition to the existing Science Center, and phase 2 will consist of a complete renovation of the existing facility. The Gilbert Science Center will be renamed to Froiland Science Complex in honor of Dr. Sven Froiland. The new facility is scheduled to open in December 2015.

Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Project Size: 125,000 GSF
Project Budget: $35 MILLION