Given how respected Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has become for its treatment of heart attack survivors and its work with bloodless surgery, it was a bit alarming how little attention the staff had paid to the circa 1980 auditorium A/V system that had become so unreliable, it was often left on around the clock.
When Assurity Design Group began its design and consultation in spring 2009 on the auditorium upgrade, they saw an analog projector with no digital connections available and an A/V system that was to the point it could only be turned off in the mechanical room, so staffers just left it on to avoid the complication for the dilapidated setup.
EHMC has become renowned as a world-class teaching hospital, so officials knew they had to replace the antiquated system in the 233-seat space.
“It sounded bad and it looked bad,” says Assurity’s Bill Schafer says. “They couldn’t run the system without constant feedback squealing through that place. It was somewhat of an embarrassment for them.”
About six months later, a the hospital was home to a state-of-the-art A/V system, an energy-efficient lighting system, and a more modern lectern.
Originally, hospital officials had hoped to do the upgrade in stages, focusing on A/V improvements first, but they acquiesced about two weeks before installation began and decided to also fix the acoustics, seating and lights as part of the project, Schafer says.
“We had to do the design work quickly and expedite some of the contractors,” he says. “We had all hands on deck. There were some 20-hour days and everyone was here all at once.” Just to add a bit more intensity to the timetable, the hospital was scheduled to host a training session about two weeks after the installation began.On top of that, the lighting system was bound by plaster to its existing locations but needed to be replaced. Edison Price created custom fixtures and sped up the manufacturing by several weeks..
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