Sound Design

Whatever the venue, Barton Malow has for many years furnished turnkey technology services – needs analysis, design, implementation, training – to clients requiring professional-level AV systems, from small upgrades to new facilities. By combining specialized knowledge of technology design professionals with its construction management, contracting, and equipment installation services, the company efficiently integrates project delivery. This approach improves schedule and usability, often at a lower total cost.

The 1,000-seat auditorium at Chippewa Valley Schools’ Dakota High School is a case in point. It was always in demand for plays, assemblies, concerts, and dance recitals – for students, community organizations and touring companies that rented the space. Users had diverse needs, but all agreed that sound quality needed improvement.

To accommodate differing requirements, Barton Malow’s technology design professionals worked with JBL, known for high-end speaker systems, to create a computerized model that analyzed sound quality, reverberation and sound coverage at every point in the auditorium. With results in hand, our AV specialists designed a customized speaker array, arranged in an arc, to “push sound out” evenly throughout the facility from the front row to the arena seats that stretch from floor level almost to the ceiling at the back of the auditorium.

They implemented a digital sound board (which controls audio signals); that allowed for 254 audio channels on a single cable, simplifying installation, conserving time and budget, and eliminating the “spaghetti” of multiple cables. Barton Malow carpenters built the contemporary custom cabinetry, and the project team coordinated remaining activities with builders at work in other parts of the high school.

It is all about performance, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Paul Twigg

“Few people in technology get to work on schools, university buildings, libraries, manufacturing plants, military bases, and college stadiums! Variety at Barton Malow keeps work interesting and provides a broader perspective for innovative solutions.”