New York (September 25, 2006)–Ohio’s Kenyon College is the home of the 263,000 square foot Kenyon Athletic Center, a massive, multipurpose indoor complex, created for a variety of uses. The Center’s media systems have been designed to function under a wide range of scenarios, making creative use of several independent but interconnected DSP and control systems. As part of those systems sit a number of Community loudspeakers.
Kenyon College’s new Athletic Center sports a variety of Community loudspeakers.Brad Kestner, operations manager at Sound Com in Berea, OH, noted, “The building itself is nothing short of massive, but the design of the audio and video systems was actually fairly straightforward. The various areas of the complex were designed to function as discrete systems, though any or all of them can be tied together as needed.”
For most of the larger spaces, the audio system design needed to address both intelligibility and musicality, particularly low-end response. Audio for the indoor track area is provided by 48 Community R166-X two-way full range systems, while the tennis courts are covered by 12 R1-66TX loudspeakers. Audio in the natatorium, an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, is provided by 18 R1-66TX full-range loudspeakers.
As Kestner and colleagues will attest to, probably the biggest challenge of the project was its sheer scope and size. “Everything’s built under one giant roof, with ceilings about 70 feet high,” said Sound Com engineer Brian Yates. “The place practically has its own weather patterns. Cable pulls were quite an adventure at that height.”
Another considerable challenge in designing the system was the changing set of demands. “The owners were a bit undecided on certain factors early on, and it became a bit of a moving target,” Kestner recounted. “We gave them a basic proposal and got their feedback, but they came back with several changes midway through the project, mostly regarding function and loudspeaker selection. We ended up putting several different loudspeakers up on a 70 foot boom lift and doing a shoot-out with them all, and they kept coming back to the Community R Series.”