Louisville, KY (June 18, 2004)–For racing fans, Smarty Jones’ win at the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby was the best thing to happen at Churchill Downs this year, but fans of the famed racing venue itself might suggest that the track’s ongoing $121 million renovation is the biggest news. Representing Phase II of construction, the venue has expanded the Turf Club, refurbished Millionaire’s Row, and added new audio to the venerable facility as well, featuring QSC amplification, signal transport, control, and monitoring.
Louisville-based Luckett & Farley took charge as the general architect and engineering firm of record, while the local branch of Siemens Building Technologies was chosen as the contracting agent; from within its ranks Kevin Smith was enlisted to provide his own acoustical and audio consulting talents, while Jody Cates was selected to serve as project manager.
Divided into 200 zones served by 310 channels and over 400,000 watts of power, Smith’s audio blueprint includes 155 QSC amplifiers, a count which includes CX1102, CX902, CX702, and CX502 models. A total of 42 BASIS 922az units also supplied by QSC provide Ethernet-based monitoring and control for both the amplifiers and loudspeakers, the latter of which includes over 1,000 of QSC’s AcousticDesign AD-C52T enclosures, which just began shipping in March.
The ongoing renovation project will leave the historic track’s Twin Spires intact, but will reshape and modernize much of the rest of it. The facelift officially started last July, but won’t be totally complete until Derby time next year. Once finished, the end product will have larger grandstands and dining rooms, and be a total of about 400,000 square feet larger than before.
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