PxPixel
Pittsburg State Installs Concert-Grade Audio in Field House - AvNetwork.com

Pittsburg State Installs Concert-Grade Audio in Field House

Author:
Publish date:

The bar for college sports has risen—with so many uses for field houses, higher-ed sports facilities are now looking for concertgrade sound to accommodate their needs. Such was the case at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Pittsburg, KS, where Kansas Citybased Reliant Media Systems was brought in to design a sound system that was concert-ready at the Robert W. Plaster Center.

Image placeholder title

A VUE Audiotechnik audio system was installed at the new Robert W. Plaster Center to allow the school to use the center for multipurpose events, all with a concert-grade sound. The main role for the Plaster Center is to serve as a field house for track and field events. Traditionally, these types of facilities only need a distributed audio system, but Pittsburg State wanted something a little stronger.

“They wanted to do something that was completely different, and pursue a concert-quality system and stay away from the distributed approach,” explained Zach Aaron, director of events and integration with Reliant Media Systems. “There’s a dual purpose for the Plaster Center, so we needed a system that could accommodate the alternate purpose as a community event center.”

Of course, designing a sound system of this magnitude met some structural challenges.

“All of our system weight was suspended in the building, and that took a little bit longer,” Aaron said. “We were able to install our original design, with six columns of VUE Audiotechnik line arrays in the round, so from the apex of the building, we were able to obtain venture points we needed. That took a whole lot of time to review.”

“We were adding to an existing structure, and didn’t foresee hanging 6,000 pounds from the ceiling,” added Jeff Taylor, VP Americas, VUE Audiotechnik. “We had to get the architects involved to make a rigging solution that was minimally invasive.”

What Reliant Media Systems and VUE came up with was total solution that included a background music system in the weight room, and a full, concert-grade sound system in the field house, which can be reconfigured for other events like graduations, local events, meetings, and more.

“This school had a vision of enhancing its athletic program, and in order to make that financially possible, they went to the city for help,” Taylor said. “The investment allowed us to design a facility that serves multipurpose for not only educational directives, but also the objectives of the surrounding city.”

In the main field house, VUE Audiotechnik al-8s, al-4s, and al-8 subs were used, with BSS processing, and a Soundcraft Si Performer soundboard to control the speakers.

“There’s nothing too unorthodox about how the line array is installed, rather just seeing the distributed approach with the gear,” explained Aaron. “The most notable feature is the fact that this room was possibly in the worst environment for highfidelity performance installation. What a system like that does for a room of that sort is absolutely incredible—in our opinion, this is probably one of the best-sounding athletic facilities we’ve been in.”

Kelleigh Welch is managing editor of SCN. Follow her on Twitter @kelleighwelch.

Related

The Most Important Audio Installs of 2015 promo image

The Most Important Audio Installs of 2015

This year, top audio brands were installed across a variety of venues, from sports arenas, to classrooms, to theme parks. As part of the annual audio issue, SCN set out to get a closer look at these projects; we've compiled a short snapshot of some of the top installs from this year.

Image placeholder title

Ohio State First to Install Meyer Sound LEO

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team finished an incredible undefeated regular season with a boost from its new Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. In this first permanent LEO installation in the world, the sound system filled the vast 105,000-seat Ohio Stadium with crisp voice announcements and fan-pumping music over the loud, energetic crowd for all eight home games.

Image placeholder title

Tony Bennett Concert Hall Gets Yamaha Active Field Control System

In 1999, singer Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, then a public school teacher, were inspired to start a public high school for young artists and envisioned a school that would integrate the arts with rigorous academics, require a commitment to community service, and help students cultivate a lifelong love of, and dedication to, their artistic passions and crafts.

Image placeholder title

Classical Goes Modern at This University Concert Hall AV Install

The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is a world-class performing arts complex in the heart of Northern California’s renowned wine country, located on the campus of Sonoma State University. When looking to install a new sound reinforcement system, the University’s challenge was to find a solution that would enable the hall to host both classical and non-classical artists.