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University of Pittsburgh

Union Assembly Room

The William Pitt Union, built in 1898, as the Schenley Park Hotel became the dream of Oakland as the center for culture, art, and education, and remains today as a historic landmark. In 1956, the Schenley Park Hotel was sold to the University of Pittsburg and under went a $1 million renovation to become the University’s Student Union. Today there are over 30,000 students and faculty at the University of Pittsburg. As the student population of the Pittsburgh campus increases and their activities diversify and grow, it became clear that the grand structure was in need of improvements.

The William Pitt Union Assembly Room, is the largest room on the main floor at 6,200 square feet and holds a variety of meetings and functions with a maximum capacity of 500 people. The room contains a stage with theatrical lighting and serves as the facility's primary multi-purpose event space.

In 2013, SoundCom was pleased to be a part of the enhancement project to upgrade certain key elements in the Union Assembly Room which include three primary systems aimed at supporting a wide range of events.

Cinema System
The new cinema system can be used for movie screenings and provides an advanced digital video and audio system for a rich, surround sound, theater-like experience.

SoundCom provided a large, motorized acoustically perforated projection screen in a widescreen cinema format, designed to accommodate a rear-screen sound system. It also included a new Barco digital cinema video projection system capable of supporting a wide range of source formats including high frame-rate 3D content.

A new cinema-grade sound system was installed supporting full Dolby digital 7.1 channel surround sound and is controlled by an incredibly easy to use Crestron control system with multiple wired and wireless touch screen control panels and iPad interfaces.

Boardroom System
The boardroom system is used for presentations, board meetings, panel discussions, and functions commonly set up for the flat-floor area or stage and is controlled from an upper control booth.

A pair of floor boxes provide audio/visual connections for laptops and other portable devices for presentations utilizing the installed cinema projection system. Numerous microphone connections were placed in the room and were integrated into a separate sound system enabling full acoustic echo-cancelling for audio conferences. The system is managed by a new Biamp Tesira audio digital signal processor.

SoundCom also provided a complete hearing assist system to meet Federal ADA requirements.

Live Performance Sound System
To further maximize the use of this space, SoundCom installed a full-functioning performance audio system deploying a pair of JBL speaker line arrays flanking the stage along with a powerful subwoofer installed under the stage designed for concert performances.

A new Yamaha digital audio console was provided for this project enabling incredible flexibility and control during any performance with an easy to use control interface.

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