Oregon State University

Educating the Next Generation of Broadcast Professionals Through Integrated TV and Radio Production Studios and Control Rooms

Diversified won the competitive bid for integrated TV and radio production studios and control rooms for Oregon State University’s (OSU) student media group, the Orange Media Network (OMN). OMN’s mission is to educate and prepare students to inform, record, inspire and engage the community through convergence of print, television, radio and the web.

The new facilities encompass the entire 4th floor of the new Student Experience Center. Diversified worked closely with Utter Associates, who provided consulting, design and construction administration services, as well as the general contractor, Andersen Construction, to keep the integration on track. Diversified’s integration on this project consisted of:

  • Two video production studios centered around Ross XPression production switchers and graphics engines; Studio A is a large sound stage with full lighting grid and Studio B a green screen room.
  • A Newsroom using Ross Inception NRCS, which allows generation, sharing and managing content across TV, print and online social media accounts.
  • Two radio control rooms providing audio routing, mixing, processing, silence detection and logic control. Choosing this technology offered OSU a reliable network, easy third-party integration, and scalability for the future.
  • A centralized equipment room, which houses all the terminal and production equipment for the entire facility.

The biggest challenge in this project was managing the integration of broadcast systems during on-site construction—often difficult and not conducive to optimal efficiency. The project took longer than anticipated, yet all necessary deadlines were met. The OMN project is a perfect example of our diverse client-base, providing the opportunity to utilize the latest technologies from a broad spectrum of vendors. It is a showcase for media convergence and is likely to be a model for other universities in years to come.