Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Players’ Lounge Combines Modern Entertainment with Enhanced Recruiting Technology

The words college football immediately bring to mind stadiums, excitement, fans and probably some tailgating. However, in order to get players prepared to hit the field for the big game, coaches and teams know that it’s just as important to have a place for the players to bond and relax off the field as well.

When the Virginia Tech Football and Athletics Media team wanted to renovate their 7,000 sq. ft. players’ lounge, they turned to longtime partner, Diversified, to deliver a space that would offer student athletes a place to relax and bond with their fellow teammates. Their goal was to provide the atmosphere of a modern entertainment complex with a unique team-centric design that would reinforce the team identity. From gaming systems and a theater to arcade games and pool tables, the finished space offers a sanctuary for players to blow off steam and enjoy team fellowship. The space even features two new LG DVLED all-in-ones used for post-game shows and other presentations. With so many displays throughout the lounge, acoustics were designed and deployed to perfection to ensure that the viewer only heard the audio relative to their specific display and content.

However, the new Sanghani Player Lounge is not only designed with current players in mind. New recruits and their families also frequent the space during campus visits, getting a behind the scenes look at the student athlete environment. In addition to the entertainment-focused lounge area, the renovation also expanded the office areas for Tech’s player personnel and recruiting staff. These areas now include a collaborative conference space within the recruiting office, enabling a more functional virtual recruiting experience.

“The identity of Virginia Tech Football has been built around a blue-collar work ethic and a close-knit family environment,” said Mehul Sanghani, Virginia Tech alum and longtime donor. “We hope that this investment in the player’s lounge and our recruiting infrastructure creates an environment for our former players to come back and reinforce that identity, our current players to build the bonds that make that family environment tangible and attract future elite Hokies that want to be a part of continuing that legacy.”


Villanova University Performing Arts Center

Villanova University Performing Arts Center

From the Courts to the Big Stage, Villanova Provides all its Students a Chance at the Spotlight

Villanova University, a private research university, is likely best known for its annual appearance in March Madness. As a result, the school’s prowess on the stage and in the rehearsal room, while strong, has been historically overshadowed by its Division I basketball team. That story, however, won’t be told for much longer now that the University’s creative community has found itself in a new, $60 million showstopper of a home—the John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts.

The goal of the project was to construct a state-of-the-art performing arts center to support performances, creativity, engagement and exploration, enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing educational opportunities. Diversified was selected as the AV systems solutions provider on this project for several reasons, including the company’s technological expertise and capability to deliver high complexity systems in the higher education and performing arts space.

The 85,000-square-foot campus hub boasts multiple professional-grade performance venues and support spaces within a single building to include a 400-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat black-box theater and a 75-seat Performance Lab for more intimate and experimental productions, as well as classrooms, conference rooms, dance studio, multipurpose rooms and offices.

Diversified was able to provide much needed consultation with regards to live events, large venue audio and performance venue technology implementation with a solution that includes collaboration, unified communications, PA and live venue sound technologies. The video core of the system is a Crestron DM matrix switcher which interconnects most of the AV systems in the building. The proscenium theater features a Clair Brothers speaker system, Midas console, QSC QSys DSP, and Shure microphones. The building also utilizes a Clearcom intercom system for communication among the technical team throughout.

Despite many challenges with construction and the technology selected, Diversified was able to deliver a world class system for Villanova and now, students and audiences alike will benefit from the variety of performance opportunity such spaces and technologies can offer.




Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University

Bringing a Community together Through the Latest in Auditorium Broadcast Technology Integration

The college that prays together, stays together. That simple aphorism is part of what is behind the huge, new event center at the core of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) multi-purpose satellite campus in Rexburg, Idaho. Officially known as the BYU Idaho Center and Hyrum Manwaring Student Center, the three-year, ground-up construction project includes a 15,000-seat auditorium. The auditorium’s size was based on the maximum number of students and faculty the campus can accommodate. It was the desire of BYU leadership to provide a single space where all could participate in traditional Tuesday devotional services, which required a broadcast technology integration within the auditorium to accomplish.

Diversified played a key role throughout the project and was contracted during the architectural process in a design assist role to the general contractor. Once the base building design and cable pathways were established, Diversified waited for construction to catch up before proceeding to the detailed system design. Diversified’s Greg Doyle notes, “With two NAB’s between the start of the project and the commencement of installation, we thought it best to wait and see where the technology went to insure the system was not outdated from the start.”

To fill the enormous volume of the auditorium, the sound system features a combined point-source and distributed design using Yamaha’s NEXO systems components; three main L-C-R clusters hang in front of the 105-wide X 70-foot-deep stage. Each array houses 22 GEO D10 speakers in a cluster, configured so that two are side firing and one is firing downward, a design to address the auditorium’s fan shaped design.

The building’s broadcast center is fitted with an Evertz broadcast routing switcher, HD-Video 250 x 400 (576 2-frame), 192 x 192 channels of AES audio and 16 x 16 MADI streams. There are 20 camera positions located throughout the theater that feed two production control rooms, as well as three offline editing suits, two audio sweetening rooms and a master control room.




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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

Emergency Operations Training Center Doubles as Academic Program and Working EOC

For more than 100 years, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) has been preparing students for careers on land and sea. Their new Clean Harbors Emergency Operation Training Center (EOC) serves as an education center, a fully functional EOC and an event space to host events like Pan-Mass with more than 5,000 annual participants. MMA’s goal for the EOC was to create a multi-functional space capable of monitoring and managing any type of weather-related issue or natural disaster situation where multiple agencies are involved—a space that required the ability to share multiple sources of critical data to any display around the room, including a 2×4 video wall that sits front and center.  

The project consists of four spaces: the EOC, a master control room, the JIC (Joint Information Center conference room) and the ICP (Incident Command Post). There are also six huddle-type tables around the room enabling different agencies to easily interact. Due to an air conditioning unit installed over the main rack and a drain system to divert any potential water leaking into the rack, Diversified ran most of the cabling under the raised floor. The control room’s touch panel access can be controlled by as few as one or two people. Critical information can be shared with the surrounding screens and the video wall for heightened awareness and enhanced incident management. For class use, this provides information for robust discussion, exercises and real-world events. There is a single 55” interactive display mounted on a mobile motorized cart that an instructor can teach and demonstrate from as well as a lectern. A single Shure MXA-910 ceiling mic array within the EOC captures the entire rooms’ audio for either distance learning or a conference call. A Crestron NVX system was installed for its ability to have technology added to it as needed.  

With the ability to map nearly anything including hurricanes, evacuation times, traffic, drone footage, news releases and more, the EOC was designed to continually evolve with changing technology and is optimized for distance learning with the incorporation of cameras, microphones and video.




Indiana University Franklin Hall

Indiana University Franklin Hall

Renovation Calls for Digital Media Technology to Attract and Retain the Next Generation of Talent

Franklin Hall is a prominent tour stop for visitors and prospective students at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University (IU). It features an impressively large two-story-high commons and is a branding image for the University. It is especially important for the students and faculty of The Media School who affectionately call it home. The aesthetics and functionality of the space are used to attract and retain the next generation of exceptional media professionals. Thus, Franklin Hall needed a makeover, and digital media technology in the commons was an essential component
of the renovation.

At the core of this makeover is a 24’W x 12’H LED video wall that looks like it is floating under the glass ceiling. Furthermore, the backend technology provides for more than a simple viewing experience. Students and faculty can interact with the digital wall using a variety of inputs, including laptop PCs, cable boxes and a gaming cart with the most up-to-date gaming consoles. Several content sources, including a live feed from the adjacent student control room and digital signage from the campus network, can all be displayed on the screen simultaneously, with the ability to resize and reconfigure images by recalling selected layouts or presets on the touch panel. Additionally, there are three input locations where users can plug into the system—
local connection spots that also allow the custom credenza housing Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U gaming consoles to move around the space.

Using this digital media technology, the IU Media School team can now display customized messaging with their internal digital signage platform while at that same time, the all-important IU Hoosiers sporting games are a mere click away. “WOW,” typically is the summative expression many use when entering the space. Most say it’s not something you expect to see in a higher education lobby. The digital display is crystal clear, bright and easily viewable even in its high ambient light space. Students say that the display’s “floating look” – even though it is suspended by aircraft cable above, feels very “futuristic.”




University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Engaging Students By Incorporating Innovative Video Wall Digital Signage Solutions

The University of Charleston in West Virginia built a brand new Innovation Center, a dedicated space for students to enjoy live sporting events and connect with their peers. The University asked for attention-grabbing digital signage solutions that could easily and seamlessly be controlled by staff.

During the building process, Diversified worked closely with the Tightrope Media Systems team to design two Planar LCD video walls: one which hangs as a 6×1 welcome banner at the front entrance, and the other serves as the 3×3 central display fixture in an “entertainment hub” in the building’s atrium.

Planar was the ideal manufacturer for this particular application because of its ability to source power from a distance. The Diversified team was able to hook up both displays to an equipment rack in a control room that’s located about 100 feet away. Diversified also installed a Crestron control system that allows University staff to control the on/off displays through a 7” touch panel located at reception.

In addition to being able to control basic functions of the display, staff can also control the content’s format—relaying one image, or breaking it into three different images, the system gives them complete control over sophisticated functions with the touch of a button.

Since the Innovation Center’s opening, the University has used the displays to relay school-related information, as well as broadcast live sporting events. The 3×3 Planar LCD video wall in the entertainment hub now acts as the ideal central location for students to watch live sporting events. The 6×1 banner is the perfect welcome sign, personalizing content to the season, game or event being hosted within the Center. And, with Tightrope Media Digital Signage players, key staff members have the flexibility to develop custom-sized content including the display of dynamic content such as social media posts, schedules, or stream live videos.




Woodrow Wilson High School

Woodrow Wilson High School

Keeping Students and Faculty Connected Through Comprehensive Classroom Media Systems

The use of technology in education today allows for innovative collaboration amongst students and faculty. Woodrow Wilson realized a need for upgraded technology as their classrooms were utilizing older technologies that hindered class discussion and interaction. The main auditorium’s sound and display system was less than satisfactory in performance, along with the schools Public Address (PA) system that is a one-way communication for the school. Lastly, the school needed a single location that controlled all classroom media systems.

The goal of improving communication and collaboration involved many moving pieces. To start, Diversified implemented a physical IP layer for a fortified network. We installed digital whiteboards, monitors and/or projectors in each classroom and throughout the facility. All digital whiteboard’s and common area displays are connected to an IPTV/CATV head-end, providing custom digital content. The solution for the auditorium included a sub-woofer and in-line speaker arrays, two large projection screens with projectors at the mezzanine level, and a 200” screen supporting the main auditorium. An all-digital control room integrates wired stage microphones, wireless microphones and a matrix control board.

Diversified designed a digital Media Control Center that supports all media outlets. This includes a live production studio, a video editing station, a full audio recording studio, and video teleconferencing. Finally, we connected the school with a facility-wide, bi-directional PA system in each classroom and strategic common area that integrates with the school’s Unified Communication System, clock and bell.

This implementation of cutting-edge technology allows teachers to leverage the latest in interactive teaching methods and foster a culture of collaboration in the classroom. The solution has resulted in a more productive and interactive school environment for both students and faculty.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Digital Signage

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Utilizing Technology and Digital Signage tEnhance the Student Learning Experience

When Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts broke ground on the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall, President Laurie Leshin said that they wanted the building to represent “the front door to innovation.” The $49 million, 78,000-square-foot residential and classroom facility is one of the largest spaces on campus. The first and second floors of the building include a teaching laboratory complete with a robotics lab, a makerspace and high-tech classrooms for courses that introduce first-year students to WPI team-based projects.  

As with most academic installations, the biggest challenge was the deadline. WPI needed this high-profile installation to be up and running, tested and polished in time for the new school year. In order to accomplish this, planning for equipment, logistics and coordinating with other trades was key. 

Coordination for the high-profile video wall was tight. The builder fabricated the large wall to exact specifications, and the electrical contractor was directed to provide power in the exact locations required for the forty Christie displays. All of this had to be tested and working before installation could even begin. The RP Visual mounts allow each display to swing out for easy access. Concurrent with the installation of the 8×5 video wall, Diversified equipped several large classrooms with state-of-the-art technology. Five classrooms were built to include four Sony laser projectors in each room (one facing towards each wall), and more than 20 huddle spaces were outfitted with NEC monitors and Mersive Solstice pods.  

With support from Diversified’s creative services team, WPI utilizes the Appspace and Seenspire digital signage platforms to aggregate their social feeds, and an infotainment subscription from Seenspire allows the institute to stream STEM-related news. General student information, global project centers, alumni spotlights, photo galleries and more are communicated across the facility with ease. The versatility of the video wall and vestibule signage even allows for engagement, encouraging students to give feedback via a QR code and by downloading the WPI app. 

Thanks to the open communication between WPI and the associated trade partners, the project was a complete success with all needs met to ensure an optimum learning environment for returning and new students.




Rider University Mobile Broadcast Solution

Rider University 

Student-Run Mobile Broadcast Solution Streams Athletics to ESPN3

When Rider decided to reevaluate their approach to digital broadcasting, they knew they wanted a turnkey solution that emphasized student engagement, enabling students to train on the equipment and run the production. Chris Foster, Assistant Athletic Director for Digital and New Media at Rider said he wanted “viewers at home that watch our broadcast to be able to turn on ESPN and watch a Duke, UNC basketball game and turn on ESPN3 and watch a Rider, Marist game and see no difference in quality, no difference in broadcast.” 

Diversified, in collaboration with All-Star Sports Technologies, delivered a fully customized 20-foot trailer that would do just that. The mobile production unit includes a 24-input video switcher, a 32-input digital audio mixer and four 1080i HD-quality broadcast cameras and lenses. Even the outside of the trailer is completely wrapped to highlight the university’s brand, and three doors allow for quick and easy access to the control, rack room and trailer at large. Utilizing lightweight aluminum, the trailer can be pulled by any large SUV or pickup truck making it easy to transport to any event. The interior floor accommodates different weather scenarios. There is a dual-zone, commercial HVAC system to help prevent leaks and keep the rack room cool, but the students comfortable. The cables can be found directly behind the monitor wall and are easy to access, which is invaluable in a live broadcast environment. 

Rider students are learning and using the technology from day one—operating and breaking down broadcast cameras, a Ross Carbonite switcher, graphics packages from ESPN, and replay operations through an Avid PlayMaker system. At the men’s and women’s MAC (Mid-American Conference) basketball championships in Albany at Times Union Center, they shot 14 games in 3 days with a 13-member crew of Bronc staff. 

The Rider team is now capable of live broadcasting up to six camera shoots with live play-by-play and color commentary on ESPN digital networks. Foster noted, “Us having the Diversified trailer is instrumental in our relationship with ESPN.” The success of the trailer has helped Rider to attract partners, sponsors, externals and new students.




University of Washington, Husky Stadium

University of Washington, Husky Stadium

Stadium Renovation Calls For Modern Technology To Support 21st Century Sports Broadcasting

When the University of Washington’s Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) renovated their iconic Husky Stadium football stadium, they sought bringing the stadium into the 21st century in terms of its technology systems. The backbone of the technology renovation was the implementation of a broadcast infrastructure systems using stand-alone IT network, including Cisco routing and PoE switch technology for the IPTV, security and other network systems.

Working with the Harris Corporation, Diversified designed, installed, project managed and commissioned the system, providing more than 60 switches, a redundant core, hundreds of wireless access points, wireless controllers, and VPN firewall and access control. Diversified also built out all necessary infrastructure needs for all point-ofsale (POS) kiosks, ticketing, building control, access control, CCTV, audio and video—both wired and wireless. The back-end systems also power the multi-cast IPTV feed to more than 1,800 displays. The large overhanging displays and ribbon boards
circling the field are courtesy of the transport stream integrated by Diversified.

While Diversified can’t take credit for any of the football team’s victories, the network also powers the ultimate wireless coaching system by XOS Digital. This system includes scouting information, playbook and video exchange, enabling coaches to create and manage thousands of play diagrams over real-time video on their iPads.

Also of note is the fiber interconnect from Husky Stadium to the existing control room in the nearby Alaska Airlines basketball arena. And, in an earlier, separate but connected project, Diversified provided the design, installation and commissioning of the broadcast infrastructure systems and IPTV, network and communications extension to the new Husky Ballpark baseball stadium. Again, connecting the ballpark to ICA’s core network and pre-existing control room in the basketball arena.

Both projects were fast-tracked with limited timeframes for implementation.




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