When St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia decided to transform their McGuire campus’ former chapel into a contemporary multi-use student center, they called upon Maryland-based RJC Designs. The re-purposed venue required an A/V and media solution that could address a multitude of challenges from from the acoustical and logistical to the aesthetic, while maintaining the room’s classic architectural lines.
Audio is provided via dual integrated sound systems, each addressing a critical niche. A pair of Community Professional ENTASYS high-performance column line arrays mounted to either side of the proscenium hones in on spoken word intelligibility, augmented by VLF208 subwoofers.
High-level musical performance is covered by a pair of iBOX iHP3594 three-way cabinets, with low frequency muscle from a couple of i215LVS dual 15-inch subwoofers. Crown CTs amplification powers the system, with DSP covered by a Biamp AudiaFLEX CM.
Video is centered on a Panasonic WUXGA DLP projector sending HD video to a Draper retractable 108” x 192” screen. The rear wall and both wings are hung with additional 60” LED monitors, each of which can be tied into the main display or used as separate presentation areas. Digital technologies were used within the development of the infrastructure to support the various displays and also reduce the size and cost of the pathways.
All the LED monitors are tied into the campus signage and information network. HDMI, DVI, Component, and other analog and digital sources are available on the buffer wall and in the front presentation areas.
RJC Designs President Rich Coluzzi remarked, “clear and intelligible sound along with dynamic program audio makes for an exciting audio experience for the Saint Joseph’s University students and other attendants.”