Hoosier Basketball Landmark
Butler U’s Hinkle Fieldhouse nails an acoustical slam dunk.
Never let it be said that the residents of Indiana don’t take their basketball games seriously. Eighteen of the top 20 largest high school basketball gyms in the United States are located in Indiana...and until this year, numbers 1 through 18 were in the Hoosier State; in 2009, Texas scored to capture the 8th and 18th positions.

Published in November 2009    
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Texas-sized Grandeur
Everything’s bigger in the Cowboys’ eye-popping stadium.
Located deep in the heart of Texas and as big as the Lone Star state’s vast real estate, the brand new $1 billion-plus Dallas Cowboys Stadium is by far the largest, AV advanced sports and entertainment locale on earth. Indeed, there’s a whole host of superlatives:

Published in November 2009    
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Be Our Guest
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s meeting, event spaces get an AV infusion.
Several centuries ago, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon discovered Florida. However, he never found the rumored Fountain of Youth. Flashing forward to Orlando in this day and age, the famed adventurer might very well seek the hospitality and related AV surroundings at the newly opened Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando FL, for a conference or boardroom discussion about his travels and discoveries in the New World. Alas! He may be hampered by the currency exchange.

Published in October 2009    
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Work of Art
Art Institute of Chicago sculpts superior experience.
AV was used to integrate and support The Art Institute of Chicago’s (AIC’s) new Modern Wing, which opened in mid May. Here, we’ll journey through the AV scope in four Modern Wing space areas, including Griffin Court/Main Lobby, Museum Education Department/Ryan Education Center, Black Box Gallery/Contemporary Department and the Administrative area.

Published in September 2009    
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Building An AV Dream
Mortenson Construction’s HQ centralizes company communications.
Get ready to visit a bricklayer, a carpenter and a “supt’s kitchen.” Surprised? Then we’ve got your attention! They’re within the Mortenson Construction conference center at the builder’s headquarters in Minneapolis MN.

Published in August 2009    
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Nothing But Nets
Barclays Center Showroom features AV-simulated arena sneak peak.
The sights, sounds and feel of being at a basketball game or other entertainment events can be experienced virtually in a Manhattan skyscraper. Although the New Jersey Nets’ proposed new basketball home in downtown Brooklyn opens in 2010, potential patrons can get an AV-simulated look into the upcoming Barclays Center arena in the 10,000-square-foot Barclays Center Showroom on the 38th floor of the New York Times Building on 8th Avenue between 40th and 41st Street.

Published in July 2009    
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Let’s Get Physical
Gold’s Gyms, Army fitness center AV get the heart pumping.
As quality improves, size of video screens increases and prices drop in the consumer electronics sector, standards rise for AV in public venues, as well.

Published in July 2009    
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AV Brings Courtroom to Class
Florida Coastal School of Law offers immersive learning.
With more than 1300 students and 100-plus faculty and staff, the Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL) in Jacksonville FL is a prominent unit of the InfiLaw consortium of independent law schools.

Published in May 2009    
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The Encouraging Word: AV
First Baptist Church goes HD and digital.
Historic First Baptist Church (FBS) in the heart of Spartanburg SC has gone HD digital within a massive media upgrade of its AV, broadcast and lighting systems. Founded in 1839, the house of worship has come a long way from a gathering place for 25 Christians.

Published in April 2009    
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A Closer Connection
Hayes-Barton UMC builds community through technology.
Today’s Christian churches are no longer open just on Sunday mornings. Many churches of all sizes have become “24/7” facilities; they are in use nearly round-the-clock, seven days a week, with the technical staff kicking into high gear for special Easter and Christmas productions or during high-profile contemporary Christian concert performance

Published in April 2009    
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Ballpark Frank
Yankee Stadium’s AV touches all the bases.
Editor’s Note: As you read this, baseball fans will be gearing up for one of the most monumental events in sports history: the opening of the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Of course, we have to expect that this modern facility will be rife with AV elements, right?

Published in March 2009    
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Exploring The Depths
Smithsonian’s Sant Ocean Hall raises technological tide.
The newly opened Sant Ocean Hall (named for the Sant family, a major contributor to the project) occupies space in the Smithsonian’s long standing National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Initial construction on this vintage hall commenced in 1908 and the building was opened to the public in 1912. During the recent restoration, the exhibit building was...

Published in March 2009    
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The Valleys To The Mountain
Peckville Assembly of God Church hosts high-profile acts.
In October 2008, the superstar Christian rock band Mercy Me performed at Madison Square Garden. The group’s stop just prior to its concert at the 20,000-seat New York City venue? Peckville Assembly of God Church in the small mountain town of Peckville PA, outside of Scranton.

Published in February 2009    
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Communications Superhighway
Texas DoT’s AV technology keeps traffic flowing.
Imagine driving to work, no time to spare before the big Monday morning meeting, when your GPS warns of traffic congestion ahead on your chosen route. It redirects you to another major thruway and you arrive at the meeting on time.

Published in February 2009    
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Seize The Power
ITC Holdings Corp.’s headquarters boasts ‘electric’ AV.
The new headquarters of ITC Holdings Corp., an electricity transmission company in Novi MI, features a super-sized, ultra-high-resolution projection system in its Operations Control Room (OCR), which monitors a multi-state electricity transmission grid.

Published in January 2009    
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Modern-Day Auctioneer
Conferencing and IP set stage for innovation in bidding.
It’s Showtime! Here we are at an auction day in Medford MN at Ritchie Bros. (RB), the world’s largest industrial auctioneers. An eager crowd awaits the parade of dozers, excavators, track hoes, backhoes and other heavy equipment to assemble on the outside ramp. A mammoth multi-paned glass door opens up for full views of each piece of heavy equipment.

Published in January 2009    
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Soundscape At The Plaza
Bygone era’s elegant style meets modern technology.
New York City’s legendary hotel, The Plaza, has been restored and transformed into a luxury lifestyle destination that evokes the grace and grandeur of its past while offering modern, unparalleled conveniences.

Published in December 2008    
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Communications Powerhouse
AV keeps Daimler Finacial Services employees in the info loop.
Daimler Financial Services Americas (DFS) opened a new three-story facility in Alliance (Fort Worth) TX in September. Within the 164,000-square-foot building is a new customer call center.

Published in December 2008    
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Power Management For Arenas & Stadiums
Beyond the distribution panel.
You’re assembling the AC infrastructure for either a new or rejuvenated arena or large concert venue. Of course, you’ll stage massive high-voltage supplies from your utility, possibly back-up generators for critical loads, and break these multi-phase services out via distribution: breaker panels...

Published in November 2008    
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Balanced Distribution
TSU's Gentry Center evens the audio.
Our story takes place in Tennessee State University’s (TSU) 10,500-seat arena within the Gentry Center. Situated on the university’s main campus in Nashville TN, the arena is a multipurpose space, accommodating sports, commencement and special events activities. It’s the home court for the TSU Tigers basketball team.

Published in November 2008    
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Formidable Challenges
Panther's Bank of America Stadium makes a play with HD.
The Carolina Panthers opened its 2008 season at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte NC with giant new LED high-definition scoreboards, an exclusive membership club with a 103-inch plasma display, nearly 200 public area flat-panel displays, and major sound and video upgrades to PantherVision’s production capabilities.

Published in November 2008    
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Food, Fun And AV
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill serves up signage and more in downtown Toronto.
When patrons walk through the first-floor entrance of Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill on John Street in downtown Toronto, an LCD chandelier featuring 24 displays of three different sizes may be the first thing to catch their eyes. Or it might be the two, six-screen-high video towers visible from the first floor dining rooms and second-floor bars.

Published in October 2008    
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Unconventional Convention Center
Vast Gaylord National Resort offers AV-infused amenities.
The latest addition to Gaylord Entertainment’s hotel-resort offerings opened recently in the Washington DC area. In true Gaylord fashion, the Washington/National Harbor project is unique, yet keeps with Gaylord’s distinctive properties in Nashville (Opryland), Orlando (Palms) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (Texan).

Published in October 2008    
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Healthy Possibilities For Digital Signage
Fraser Health’s IMRO is a technology proving ground.
Are there any boundaries to what digital signage can accomplish? The original, and still primary, use for digital signage is marketing and promotions in retail establishments, but innovative integrators and end users have expanded the applications for the technology.

Published in August 2008    
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Tight Timeline, Amazing AV
Seventh Day Adventist Church creates immersive experience.
Many Christian churches today put technology at center stage, never overshadowing the minister or the message, but not hiding or disguising the 21st century tools required to create an immersive audiovisual experience, either.
Published in July 2008    
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‘Beauty’ Of Technology
Elizabeth Arden flagship boutique gets AV ‘facelift.’
   Elizabeth Arden, a retail beauty products industry leader, has completed the makeover of its New York City-based Fifth Avenue Red Door flagship store, after four months of renovation. The opening event featured a ribbon cutting by Academy Award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. We’ll speak with the architecture firm and AV company involved in the project, as well.
Published in July 2008    
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Fit For A ‘Queen’
Cunard’s Queen Victoria crests with a new theater.
    You’re aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria cruise ship. Within the 90,000-ton vessel are all the amenities, from your accommodations to entertainment. In fact, it’s the second largest Cunarder ever built. And, if you enjoy elegant theatrical surroundings, you’ll find that facet on your voyage, as well, within the Royal Court Theater. We’ll explore the theater AV after some architectural background.
Published in June 2008    
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Historic ‘Fox’ Trots Again
Intimate Woldson Theater’s sound system makes Spokane Symphony feel at home.
    How do we make this work? It is both easy and expensive with a clean sheet of paper and no walls to create a modern multi-purpose theater. But to take a historic downtown icon with no idea of a budget and a fundraising/building timeline that extended for more than seven years—spanning two architectural firms, two executive directors and two conductors—and still end up with a world-class facility?
Published in June 2008    
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Wide World of Nano
UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute magnifies its technology.
    The University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) new CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute) theater/auditorium provides a wide range of AV technology with minimal technical support. This facility, based in Los Angeles CA, required an integrated AV environment that provides resources for high-level events in support of the work being done at the CNSI.
Published in May 2008    
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Breaking Down the Walls
USC’s McKibben Hall’s AV extends education’s reach.
    By now, most AV industry pros are familiar with the capabilities of, and technology behind, distance learning. For many integrators, the primary challenge behind projects in this field is educating the customer and the end user (who are not always the same person, incidentally) about the best ways to take advantage of this cutting-edge technology without losing the personal touch that is so important in a classroom environment
Published in May 2008    
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From Office Supplies to Global Ministry
Av and architecture transform retail space for worship use.
    The building that houses the T.L. Lowery Global Ministry Center in Cleveland TN is a converted Office-Max retail store, but you can’t tell by looking at it.
Published in April 2008    
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Previous Articles:

» Tasting Space at Kennedy Space CenterBuzz Aldrin was among the three dozen astronauts who showed up at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to ride the new Shuttle Launch Experience (SLE) on opening day. The $60 million, 44,000-square-foot visitor attraction at Cape Canaveral FL blends showmanship with simulation to give visitors an authentic taste of what it is like to ride a NASA space shuttle.
(March 2008

»Mine-Blowing Experience As the storm descends, thunder crashes and debris thrashes atop the open mine shaft. Suddenly, a spark ignites a stash of TNT and the whole mine explodes, sending mine cars careening out of control….
(March 2008

»Info on the Fast Track. For an average daily ridership of 17,000, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) provides train information for all passengers, including those with sight and hearing disabilities, in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Accordingly, International Displays Systems (IDS), Dayton OH, installed a new Variable Message Sign System (VMS) at the railway’s Operation Control Center in Alexandria VA, and at 18 commuter stations in Northern Virginia and Washington DC.
(February 2008

»Challenge of Change .A major renovation of Cornell University’s famous Bailey Hallin Ithaca NY, with more than 1300 seats, aisle lighting, movable acoustical panels, wireless audio technology, 3CCD PTZ cameras, two-way videoconferencing and internet video streaming has transformed the auditorium into the area’s premier location for lectures, distance learning, musical performances and other important events.
(January 2008

»AV In Charge .-On August 14, 2003, the biggest power outage in North American history occurred in parts of the Northeast and Midwestern US, and in Ontario, Canada; sources have estimated that it affected some 10 million people in Canada, and 40 million in eight US states.
(January 2008

»Ultimate in AV .-World-renowned automotive manufacturer BMW recently opened an impressive new conference center at its Munich, Germany, headquarters. The BMW Towers, constructed in 1972, have become a landmark for the residents of Munich, and an acclaimed architectural icon in international circles. At the time of the original construction, a three-story portion of the tower’s base was dedicated as the computer center...
(December 2007

»Insuring Excellence .-  Aetna, a leading nationwide provider of a wide range of insurance and employee benefit products, has completed an AV install at its Middletown CT data center campus. The campus houses the company’s impressive Computer Network Command Center (CNCC), which manages and monitors Aetna’s Information Technology (IT) operations around the clock, every day of the year.(December 2007)

»Hard Rock Biloxi bounces back after Katrina's assault.- On August 29, 2005, a storm called Katrina decided it would visit the southern gulf coast of the United States and cause more damage than the US had seen from a hurricane in history. One of the hardest hit areas was Biloxi MS, where the newly finished Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.... (Octoberr'07)

»Kansas City bar and grill offers interactive 'servings.'-  “Get Your Game On!” is truly the rallying cry of the Sports Radio 810 Zone. (Octoberr'07)

» Technology 'Triumphs' - Architecture, microbrews, zoned music and projection are on tap at Philly's Triumph Brewery. (September'07)

» Reflecting Perfection - IAC HQ's stunning videowalls captivate visitors. (August'07)

» Native Alaskans Embrace Modern AV - New Afognak Alutiiq HQ and Museum features innovative display and videoconferencing technologies. (August'07)

» Premium Viewing - HBO Shop grabs attention in 'city that never sleeps.' (July'07)

» Palatial Ambience - Palais Montclam's AV-equipped hall is intimate, yet regal. (June'07)

» Taking Center Stage - Historic Gerding Theater was created by an "army" of AV pros. (June'07)

» An Entirely New Experience - Dramatic growth prompts AV overhaul for Christ Church at Grove Farm. (June'07)

» Intelligent Classrooms Teach Tech - Atlantic Technical Center's instructors rise above the noise. (May'07)

» Next Generation Education - Teaching with a technology twist at Wolf Law School. (May'07)

» The Sound of Praise - A new DSP system uplifts Temple B'nai Jeshurun. (April'07)

» High Energy Worship - River Hills Christian Church 'cranks up' the technology. (April'07)

» The Ultimate in Entertainment - AV-equipped FunCity lives up to its name. (March'07)

» Lockheed Martin's Lighthouse Shines - Defense contractor's Center For Innovation blends flexibility and security. (February'07)

» Nurse Training Goes 'Virtual' - VCU's anesthetist program provides tech-centric facility. (January'07)

» VoIP Provider Experiences Explosive Growth - Vonage's AV-equipped HQ NOC, Situation Room keep pace. (January'07)

» NCAA Scores AV Alley Oop - Long simmering problems are resolved, finally. (December'06)

» Restoring the Superdome - The Saints come marching back. (November'06)

» Five-Star AV - Conrad Indianapolis' elegance extends to presentation environments. (October'06)

» Float Like a Butterfly... - Ali Center's AV scores a TKO. (September'06)

» The Lost Colony - Theater achieves audio excellence while retaining historic ambience. (September'06)

» Hot Property - Extensive AV complements NAR’s ‘green’ headquarters. (August'06)

» Freedom To Fly - Southwest Airlines expands corporate headquarters AV capabilities. (August'06)

» Gamer's Paradise - Immersive AV enters a whole new world. (July'06)

» Digital Invitation for Modern Art Museum - Massive digital-signage project sets off Walker Art Center. (June'06)

» From Simple to ‘Wow’ - Medical school consolidates campus around technology. (May'06)

» Every Day is ‘Gameday’ - AV technology supports Park Sports Club’s stadium motif. (March'06)

» Rocket Science Gets a Boost - AV brings concepts and projects to life in a Johnson Space Center multi-use conference room. (Feb'06)

» Charley, Francis and George Prompt EOC Update - Altamonte Springs updates AV communications. (Jan'06)

» Columbus Legal - Customized AV systems enhance Jones Day’s legal prowess. (Dec'05)

» Top of the Rock - New technology delivers entertainment history in NYC's Rockefeller Center. (Dec'05)

» Excitement in the End Zone - OSU stadium's AV augments the fan experience. (Nov'05)

» Brewery Offers More Than Suds - Prairie Rock offers sight, sound and beer. (Oct'05)

» ‘Shack’s' Sprawling World HQ Evolves - AV figures heavily into RadioShack’s master plan. (Aug'05)

» Spreading Their Wings - Buffalo Wild Wings AV installs are customer pleasers. (Jul'05)

» Multimedia Augments Classroom Learning - Messiah College's Boyer Hall supports community and society. (May'05)

» Willow Creek Redefines Worship - From religious services to musicals to conferences, the new auditorium accommodates AV needs. (Apr'05)

» NYPD’S EOC Serves Multiple Purposes - New York City is in good audiovisual hands. (Mar'05)

» Ready For Disaster - Prince William County EOC’s AV goes on line in time for Hurricane Ivan. (Jan'05)

» AV Helps Keep IPA/PS Fleet Flying - Technology helps the world’s 11th largest airline keep informed. (Aug'04)

» Many Venues, One Message - Little Rock's Fellowship Bible Church uses multimode fiber to connect AV sources in multiple buildings across two campuses. (Apr'04)

» A Grand Design - The world's largest passenger liner, Queen Mary 2, features extensive AV systems on every deck. (Mar'04)

» Historic Temple Goes Retail - Bloomingdale's Home Store features integrated AV systems to complete the shopping experience. (Jan'04)

» Theme Park Celebrates Nightly - AV brings Celebration City's multimillion-dollar American history multimedia spectacular to life in Branson MO. (Sep'03)

» AV Serves Multiple Offices - Allied Insurance’s regional offices and 3000 employees are served by audio and videoconferencing and other multimedia systems. (Aug'03)

» College’s New Theater Performs - Carroll Community College’s theater, fitness center and 13 classrooms use AV to enhance students’ educational experience. (Jun'03)

» School System’s WAN Provides Smooth AV Access - Texas-based Deer Park Independent School District completes its Wide Area Network and adds video-projection to complement its existing audio. (May'03)

» Kid's Church Learning Experience - North Point Church’s KidStuf Theater brings its message to life with live-stage entertainment techniques and technology. (Mar'03)

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