Nowhere is the demand for clarity and articulacy more acute than in a leading seat of learning, and one of the most comprehensive educationand research facilities for health professionals in the nation has chosen a Renkus-Heinz Iconyx
system for its central teaching forum.
The six schools and colleges that make up the University of Minnesota’s state of the art Academic Health Center (AHC) include the disciplines of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine.
Located on Delaware Street between Washington Avenue and the Mississippi River on the University of Minnesota campus, the AHC’s Mayo Memorial Auditorium
is used primarily as a lecture hall, but also serves many other functions.
The Auditorium is used for computer-based testing, continuing and distance education for large group seminars, and for grand rounds presentations. Other typical uses include Medical School White Coat ceremonies, graduation ceremonies and celebrations, Mini Medical School programs, the Academic Health Center Lecture series, community and alumni events, and cultural events and exhibits.
Built in 1951 and renovated in 2006, the 18, 200 sq. ft. building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, which required that its overall character and detailing had to be retained and preserved in line with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties, 1995.
, based out of Minneapolis, with principal architect Ted Davis
and project architect Nick Woodard
, were awarded the task of renovation, while technology consultants Elert & Associates of Stillwater
, MN were engaged to analyze the auditorium and design a system capable of delivering seamless, first class speech quality.
In effect, the audio system – covering the eggshaped 549-seat auditorium and balcony from just two 9” wide openings – was required to ‘disappear’ into the architectural renovation. Sound sources would include wired and wireless microphones, DVD, VCR and computers.
Elert & Associates
’ team, led by principal consultant Will Craig
and associate Ron Puncsak
, set to work on the challenge and Ron Puncsak
developed an EASE
model of the room in conjunction with Nick Woodard
Different digitally-steerable line arrays were carefully modeled, and a pair of Iconyx IC8
loudspeakers, flanking a 16’ x 9’ rear-projection screen, became the device of choice after verification with Renkus-Heinz’s BeamWare
. Jim Mobley
, senior applications engineer at Renkus-Heinz, carried out verification on the EASE
model to guarantee the system’s eventual performance, with each IC8
tuned to deliver three sound ‘beams’ to evenly cover the seating.