The College Park Centre at University of Texas Arlington has installed a distributed audio system featuring over 30 Meyer Sound loudspeakers.
The 218,000 square-foot venue hosts university sports, concerts, speakers, commencement ceremonies, and more, anchors the emerging 20-acre College Park District and is stimulating a revitalisation of downtown Arlington.
Austin-based acoustics and AV consultant BAi, LLC was hired by the University and architect HKS to design the sound reinforcement systems, as well as distributed television and scoreboard systems. Grand Prairie, Texas based integrator ABLe Communications was contracted by Hunt Construction to implement the systems.
ABLe Communications senior project manager who has had previous experience with Meyer Sound at a previous company, James Wicker, said: “What the project comes down to is a very well-designed system that was in turn installed per specifications. It ended up being a fantastic system.”
“Having used Meyer products a lot in the past, we were confident in the performance, and this didn’t disappointed,“ said Bill Hammon, BAi senior associate.
The system is made up of 22 CQ-2 loudspeakers, four CQ-1 loudspeakers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers and two 500-HP subwoofers.
Wicker added: “A lot of time was spent on the front end with the engineering and making sure that the locations were right, having to work with the lighting and rigging and everything that’s up in the ceiling. When BAi came out for commissioning, we didn’t have to re-aim one speaker; the coverage was phenomenal. This is one of the best-sounding arenas I’ve ever been in.”
The event at the College Park Centre was a concert by hip-hop star Drake.
“We got a letter from the owner after their first event. Apparently it was very loud and they were very impressed that it remained so clear at high levels” concluded Hammon.
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