Electro-Voice sound for Boy Scouts Urban Program Center in Minnesota
The technicians from Edina, MN-based Alpha Video & Audio found installing modern audio and video systems in a building built in 1907 (as a place for the Army to train cavalry horses) both a challenging experience and a rewarding one, since the project was for the Boy Scouts of America. Electro-Voice EVF and Sx series loudspeakers are providing audio clarity and controlled coverage in the historic space.
The Calvary Drill Hall is located in the National Register Historic District of Fort Snelling, MN, and was sitting empty when the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to purchase it in 2008. Even though the building had a dirt floor and lots cobwebs, the council envisioned a national first “urban base camp” that would support its vision to be recognized as a positive influence on the lives of 100% of the youth in the communities it serves. Once the council had purchased the 35,000 sq. ft. building and six acres, it started planning with LHB architectural company on how to renovate the building.
The goal for the renovation was two fold: to restore the red brick building back to its original historic appearance and to build a program facility that could be used by not only the Boy Scouts, but other youth organizations, local schools, and community groups.
To attract and engage the youth who visit, the facility features a natural rock face indoor climbing wall, two outside climbing walls, indoor and outdoor rope challenge courses, and a NASA space shuttle simulator, one of only eight in the nation. But, to attract community events, a presentation and meeting area needed to be available in the facility.
Commenting on amenities for events, Clint Andera, IT Director for the Council said, “We incorporated a sunken amphitheater to the facility that holds up to 200 people as a central gathering space for presentations and performances. A top-of-the-line audio and video system would be important to making this space a success. We also needed an effective sound system for the entire building.” The council hired Alpha Video and Audio, Inc. to install the audio and video systems for the facility, including new EVF loudspeaker systems from Electro-Voice.
Four Electro-Voice EVF1122 loudspeakers are arrayed above the amphitheater and six pairs of Electro-Voice SX100+ speakers are flown throughout the rest of the building. Alpha Video programmed a Crestron CP2E system with one TPS-6X touch screen panel to control the video systems and route the audio to some or all of four sound zones.
“We are extremely proud of this facility,” said Andera. “The objective of this Base Camp is to give urban kids the chance to experience the adventure of Scouting activities while staying in the city. The systems that Alpha Video installed are another way for us to engage and connect to these kids. We’ve been receiving nothing but positive comments from the families and organizations who have visited us.”