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Case Study: Davenport University

May 17, 2011 3:10 PM, By Don Kreski

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“We wanted to make sure we had the right infrastructure in place not only for the technology that was installed but for the technology of the future.”

That’s Ignacio Perez, Information Technologies Services project manager at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., talking about the AV systems in the university's newest building, the Robert W. Sneden Center.

The Sneden Center features seven high-tech classrooms, three executive meeting rooms, and faculty and administrative offices. “We designed the systems in the Sneden Center to be as future proof as possible,” explains Kirk Griffes, systems engineer and programmer for Michigan-based BlueWater Technologies. “They had to be state-of-the-art and easily added on to, since the university did not have the budget to do everything they wanted in the initial build-out, especially in their new auditorium.”

The new auditorium and executive boardroom are the two keystones of the project, so Griffes anchored their AV systems with a Crestron DigitalMedia infrastructure, including Crestron cabling and matrix switchers. “DigitalMedia allows us to transport and switch digital audio and video signals over category-type cable,” Griffes explains. To handle the high bandwidth required for full 1080p high definition, Crestron created its own cable standard. “It’s not Cat-5 or Cat-6, although similar. It’s a super cat cable that holds to IP standards but supports an even higher bandwidth.”

To support the various types of events to be held in the auditorium, Griffes designed a system that includes dual 7,000-lumen 1080p Epson projectors shooting to 165in. Draper screens; a sound system based on a Biamp AudiaFlex CM processor and 16,000W of Crown Audio amplification, 70V Posh Speaker Systems ceiling speakers for voice, and Renkus-Heinz speakers and subwoofers for program audio; two custom podiums; wired and wireless microphones; plus computer, Blu-ray, and broadcast sources.

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