Education Case Study
Design Assist - NEO A&M Student Union Renovation Completed: August, 2011
In 2011, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College celebrated the completion of the $9.4 million renovation of its Bruce G. Carter Student Union. Changes to the 40,000-square-foot building include a dining hall and cafeteria, renovated restrooms, a modern ballroom, conference areas and a bookstore. NEO desired to give the Student Union a modern feel while preserving the historical value of the building which was opened in 1960. The addition of state of the art audio visual systems brought the contemporary feel the College needed.
As a place for events, meals, meetings, and relaxation, the audio visual system needed to have complex capabilities while remaining flexible and easy to use. The design concept was to provide a distributed integrated communications, messaging and audio visual multi-media system to enhance the environment, improve communications and provide automated tools to aid in the delivery of entertainment events, seminars and social gatherings for students.
The two greatest challenges with the project were to keep the day to day operations of the facility operating seamlessly throughout the construction process and keeping to the strict deadline of the opening school year event to be held in the ballroom.
The renovation of the existing one-story structure took place in two phases. Phase I included the construction of a temporary kitchen with a dining facility to accommodate the students and staff during the demolition and remodel. Phase II was a total remodel of the existing ballroom and construction of a new commons area, book store and three separate meeting rooms.
The result was a multi-zone sound reinforcement system in common areas, cafeteria, ballroom and meeting rooms integrated for flexibility and announcements throughout the facility. A cable TV distribution system with flat panel TV monitors and two modulated digital signage channels were installed throughout for multi-channel programming and campus messaging. The multi-media audio visual presentation system in the ballroom incorporates user tools such as flat panel touch screen control modules with automated commands for ease of use for multiple users. Dual ceiling mounted motorized screens and projectors were utilized to keep the aesthetics of the room while the system is not in use. One touch of the screen energizes the system, lowering the screens and projectors making the system ready for use. Separate audio visual presentation systems in the small meeting rooms were equipped with local touch panels that afford immediate access to controls in each space. A portable sound system and four wireless microphone systems were provided for use anywhere inside or outside the facility.
York Electronic Systems, Inc. worked closely with the Architect, Construction Management, and Owners through the entire construction process. York was there from concept to completion to provide the quality audio visual systems the owner desired.