Prince William County Public Schools (in Manassas, Va.) opened its 150,000-square-foot Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center this year, housing about 500 employees.
The control room at PWCPS-TV
Techniarts, based in Washington, D.C., provided the AV technology for the 37.5 million facility, where PWCPS runs a comprehensive broadcast and internet operation, with scores of on-demand video on its Website, www.pwcstv.com.
In the broadcast center, an Omneon MediaDeck is used as the playout server under the control of a Pro-Bel router and automation systems. Other gear includes an Echolab switcher, Pixel Power and Avid CGs, Avid edit rooms, Sony SD cameras and Miranda monitoring with Panasonic displays.
The center’s 20 conference rooms feature AMX control, Panasonic displays, Tandberg VTC, Bi-Amp Audia and Nexia audio, Bosch conference systems, EV and Renkus Heinz speakers and Crown amplification.
Techniarts chose Middle Atlantic furniture for the equipment enclosures for all the control and conference rooms. “The building was considered an architectural success on the outside, and we wanted to keep the aesthetics top-quality and ‘matched’ in the interior spaces,” said Project Manager Bill Moore. “We were able to achieve a pleasing and consistent look … throughout the facility’s 20 control rooms.”
The Middle Atlantic desk has space for a technical director, audio operator, Chyron operator and robotics camera operator–up to six or more people in all. Techniarts used Middle Atlantic MRK racks with custom cherry finish end panels to get something “that looks great,” Moore said.
“The key for is with middle Atlantic was that you can stake stock pieces and make something that looks great without paying for custom racks or furniture,” Moore said. “We were able to follow the same theme throughout the facility using either the smaller soundproofed enclosures or the System 5 racks with cherry wood side panels to tie the whole audio/visual system together. No matter what the amount or size of racks, you’ve got a custom, pleasing look tat sets the equipment apart.”
Board meetings will be held in a 300-seat meeting room with state-of-the-art video screens and audio systems.
Other features include a small museum representing the history of the school system in the main lobby; computer stations for people to fill out employment applications; a School Board meeting room that can be divided, like a hotel conference room, into four rooms, each with AV capabilities; window-enclosed elevators; and an exercise room.
The School Board meeting room at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center
Techniarts partnered with the Ennis Electric Company, Moseley Architects (of Richmond, Va/) and the PWCPS Media Department.
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