Editors note: this is the first part of a series on Lewis & Clark Community College’s installation of several Sennheiser K-Array systems.
The college I work for is pretty forward thinking. We have partnered with University of Illinois to create a research facility for freshwater systems called the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. We are an “all Steinway” campus. We are also the home of several sculpture gardens and works of art. Not too bad for a little community college in southwest Illinois. Recently we began a very ambitious project to make all of our conference and banquet facilities standardized on one sound system, the Sennheiser K-Array system.
This is not just a one off system and we are done. The project will include five spaces, completely reprogramming and retrofitting all but one. In the first space we are installing three systems that will act as separate ones but have the ability to act as one. This is accomplished with Biamp components like the Audia Flex. This system will also have a Digico D-Rack and SD11 to run the system when in one configuration and will be automated with a Crestron system when it is in the presentation mode.
Here is the kicker. Normally a project of this size would involve a consultant, integrator, and different trades. Not this time. I am the consultant and designer. Our maintenance staff are the contractors and me and my staff are the integrator. Thankfully, the school has contracted an outside project manager for this, but that is the only paid outside help. The manufacturer’s representatives have been immeasurably vital to the success so far as well. However, it has taken another level of cooperation between administration, maintenance and AV to even begin this project.
The first room is semi-complete. Meaning, the speakers have been placed and the wire has been run. Now we get to do the fun part of reprogramming. During the speaker installation it was apparent I had some things to learn about teamwork. Everybody has deadlines and other responsibilities. I am no different, but neither are the co-workers who are sharing this burden. We need to learn to work together; you need to learn to work together. As frustrating as it is at times, take a moment and put yourself in the other person’s shoes, then respond or say what your were going to say. It may go a long way in defusing a situation that may get out of control.
We will continue this series looking at different parts of the process as the systems go up. Hopefully it won’t take too long.
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