Cannon Design asked Cerami & Associates to join their team as acoustical and audiovisual consultants on the design SUNY Oswego’s new recreation center. The new arena seats 4,500 people, but can also be divided into smaller venues when necessary.
Cerami’s audiovisual consultants installed systems providing live audio and video feeds from the main floor to spaces such as locker rooms, concession areas and the concourse, so that people in those areas will not miss out on any of the action. In addition, the press boxes and luxury suites were set up so that visitors could view the events from the privacy of these rooms, with the ability to control the audio.
Due to the flexible nature of the space, the design incorporated a portable stage for live music events and convocations so the AV systems were chosen with particular attention to user-friendly sound reinforcement.
As the arena would serve as a multi-purpose space, Cerami’s consultants had to ensure that the acoustics of the space would be ideal for a variety of events including concerts, hockey games, etc. Some of the recommended treatments included ceiling baffles and draped wall panels–especially to the rear wall–to allow for proper speech intelligibility. We also reviewed wall and door construction to ensure that employees in the adjacent office spaces could attend to business as usual without being disturbed from the noise coming from the arena.