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Chicopee City Hall Rebuilds Better Than Ever

A Broadcast Pix BPswitch GX11 system has been installed in the 150-year-old city hall building in Chicopee, MA
The revamped Chicopee city hall auditorium seats 200. (Image credit: Broadcast Pix)

A BPswitch GX11 system from Broadcast Pix has been installed in the 150-year-old city hall building in Chicopee, MA, as part of a multi-million dollar project to restore and rejuvenate the historic venue.

Located in the center of Chicopee at Market Square, the iconic 1871 structure (opens in new tab) was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio (opens in new tab) in Florence, Italy, and features a 147-foot tower and a rose window of stained glass. Deteriorating structural issues forced city hall to close in 2003; the restoration project began in 2014.

“The city hall council chambers and the school district’s school committee central office were previously used to host meetings, but both of these spaces were too small to accommodate large gatherings,” explained Andrew Vernon (opens in new tab), chief information officer for the city of Chicopee, its school system, and ChicopeeTV (opens in new tab). “The city hall auditorium renovation provides a larger, physically accommodating and technologically prepared space for municipal meetings and gatherings to happen.”

A Broadcast Pix BPswitch GX11 system has been installed in the 150-year-old city hall building in Chicopee, MA

(Image credit: Broadcast Pix)

A state-of-the-art system would also open up the possibility of broadcasting concerts, theater productions, and other events from the 200-capacity auditorium. The city of Chicopee worked with NV5 (opens in new tab) to manage ongoing renovations to city hall, including the auditorium, and Broadcast Pix partner Wassmann Audio Video (opens in new tab) was brought in as the integrator.

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“Quality and ease of use were the primary factors in deciding on a broadcast solution, and the BPswitch GX11 system (opens in new tab) offered these and much more,” said Vernon.

“We have found the ability to control cameras from the Broadcast Pix console to be extremely useful and very easy,” added Vernon. “Our municipal meetings can have up to 15 participants in the auditorium space, and having granular control over seven PTZ cameras gives us the ability to bring each participant on air quickly. We have also integrated the use of the NewBlueNTX title tool and the PixPad, and being able to quickly and accurately add lower-thirds to identify each member enhances our broadcasts.”

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A Broadcast Pix BPswitch GX11 system has been installed in the 150-year-old city hall building in Chicopee, MA

(Image credit: Broadcast Pix)

“The beauty of the BPswitch system is in its flexibility and ease of use, enabling each system to be easily tailored to the operator and their production environment,” said Broadcast Pix CEO Graham Sharp (opens in new tab). “The Chicopee TV installation achieves a highly professional look for its broadcasts and livestreams, within a system that is easy to install, operate, and control.”

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