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Extron NAV Pro AV System Transforms WSSU Anderson Center Meeting Spaces

Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) Anderson Center has undergone a remarkable transformation, particularly in its McNeil Banquet Hall, turning it into a cutting-edge teleconferencing and technology center. The improvements, including a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, have not only enhanced the venue's appeal but also significantly increased its profitability.

Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson's Impression

Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson expressed his amazement at the transformation, describing it as "State of the Art." He highlighted the impact of the improvements, especially in the McNeil Banquet Hall, during his visit.

Anderson Center Overview

The Anderson Center at WSSU houses various academic departments and serves as a versatile conference venue. With meeting breakout rooms, a large banquet hall, and a 400-seat auditorium, the center accommodates diverse events, from academic symposiums to weddings. The recent remodel of the McNeil Banquet Hall, equipped with advanced audiovisual technology, has made it a lucrative profit center for the university.

AV System Challenges and Solutions

Challenges Faced:

  • Remodeling constraints

  • Need for multiple screens in the banquet hall

  • Cable routing through existing concrete for additional screens in the lobby

Design Solution:

  • Collaboration between WSSU's Chris Screen and pro AV integrator Recursav, LLC

  • Utilization of Extron's NAV Pro AV over IP system

  • Integration of Extron switching, distribution, control, and audio products

  • Deployment of NAV® Pro AV over IP Encoders and Decoders for video signal transmission

  • Use of Dante audio network connectivity for audio distribution

  • NAVigator AV over IP System Manager for configuration and matrix switching

  • Seamless scalability for future expansions

Project Highlights

Banquet Hall Projection System:

  • Five ceiling-mounted laser projectors

  • HDMI content and RS-232 control signals delivered by NAV decoders

  • Flexibility in choosing the focal point of the room

Lobby Flat Panel Displays:

  • Two 65" displays showing informational messages, entertainment, and real-time event views

  • NAV decoders supplying HDMI content and RS-232 control signals

AV Connections Between Venues:

  • Bi-directional NAV AV over IP connectivity with the Dillard Auditorium

  • Increased event capacity by 400 seats

  • Streaming capabilities for overflow audiences

Streaming, Recording, and Software Codec Conferencing:

  • SMP 352 Dual Recording Streaming Media Processor for recording and streaming events

  • Integration of web-based software codec applications like Zoom

Clear, Powerful Sound:

  • Audio distribution through Dante and AES67 network connectivity

  • SoundField ceiling speakers and wireless mics for immersive audio experience

  • Assistive listening transmitters for full coverage

Intuitive AV System Operation:

  • TouchLink® Pro 10" touchpanels for control at each projection screen

  • Wireless control via Extron Control for iOS

Results and Reception

Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson's enthusiastic response on social media reflects the success of the project. The McNeil Banquet Hall's packed booking schedule attests to the positive reception within the academic and local communities. The venue's versatility, combined with its exceptional catering service and advanced multimedia capabilities, positions it as a preferred choice for various events.

The successful implementation by Recursav of the Extron NAV Pro AV system at WSSU's Anderson Center showcases the potential for advanced audiovisual technology to elevate both academic and event spaces, providing a seamless and immersive experience for a diverse range of activities.

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