City Center is a mixed-use complex that stands as the largest privately financed real estate development in the United States, and it needed a customized large-scale audio system. According to a City Center designer, the project was poised to be one of the largest consolidated AV system designs ever, which included 60 venues, thousands of ceiling speakers, three complete concert line array systems and more than 20 equipment rooms. To add to the challenges, this daunting integration needed to be completed in a highly compressed timeframe.
Working with PMK Consultants in collaboration with application engineers in HARMAN International’s Professional Division, the team created a customized audio solution that comprised more than 8,000 JBL loudspeakers, including VerTec line arrays, powered by 700 Crown CT Series amplifiers and running through Soundcraft consoles. The JBL speakers solved high-frequency issues at 40 feet above City Center’s finished floors.
City Center chose HiQnet as their system infrastructure and BSS Audio Soundweb™ London for audio networking. This allowed the organization to efficiently grab a specific venue and easily tweak and monitor every aspect of audio on the fly.
“Having a manufacturer such as HARMAN totally dedicated to assisting the integrator on this scale was a huge catalyst to the successful completion of the project. From customizing any of their products to committing to and delivering large scale orders, the HARMAN group was successfully in every way.” – Brad Cornish, Senior Director, Technology West (AV integrators on the City Center project)