In a unique and challenging expansion project, HARMAN Crown amplifiers and JBL
loudspeakers were chosen for the new expanded sound reinforcement system at the
Indiana Convention Center. The Convention Center is now integrated with Lucas
Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The system was designed by
Bowen Technovation and installed by Fairchild Communications.
The area of expansion features a battery of Crown CTs 600, 1200, and 4200 series
amplifiers, all equipped with PIP-USP3 modules. Sound in meeting rooms is provided
by JBL Control 226C/T ceiling speakers, while restrooms and back of house areas feature
JBL 24CT ceiling speakers.
The $275 million project is the Indiana Convention Center’s fourth expansion since
opening in 1972. The current project began after the demolition of the area formally
occupied by the RCA Dome and was completed in January 2011. The expansion added
254,000 square feet of exhibit space, 63,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 10,000
square feet of pre-function space. A connector that links the Convention Center to
Lucas Oil Stadium was built as well.
“From a design standpoint we were challenged to integrate several wings of the
existing building system with our new systems. Those areas had varying types and
ages of technology that had to be incorporated. We also needed to assure that the
new system could integrate and route through the newer systems at Lucas Oil
Stadium,” stated Jeff Bowen, president of Bowen Technovation.
“We have had extensive experience with Harman gear in the past but for this specific
project we auditioned speakers from several different manufacturers and JBL stood
out from the pack from a performance and price standpoint. The Crown amplifiers were
chosen for their history of performance and reliability as well as the distinct
advantages we were offered by their ability to monitor and control using HiQnet™
System Architect™,” added Bowen.
“From a contractor’s perspective there were many construction milestones that had to
be met for the overall success of the project. There was very little room for error
based on the fact that the renovated spaces had already been planned for use with
clients so the systems just had to work. We were challenged on this project from all
aspects and we are proud to say this installation was a huge success for our
company,” stated Mike Cast, vice president of operations for Fairchild Communication
Harman HiQnet™ is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that
integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems
of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to
manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming
individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and
mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across Harman’s Professional
Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG),
a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.