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January 26, 2004
Multi-System Integration

• Writer Jim Stokes covers “Money in Motion,” a 16-element exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which employs interactive multimedia to educate and entertain.
• The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa features 10 interconnected presentation rooms. An article by Jim Stokes.
• In Chicago’s historic Medinah Temple, Bloomingdale’s second largest Home Store features integrated AV systems to augment the shopping experience. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• John Stark, director of marketing at Jupiter Systems, presents the conclusion of his article regarding the increasing demand for display wall controllers, and the growing opportunity this application offers.
• Consultant David McNutt presents the argument that partnering helps many companies to expand and/or survive, and that one need not go it alone.
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February 23, 2004
Government Facilities and Public Works

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, discusses Eastman Kodak’s announcement that production of the slide projector is to cease, as well as Kodak’s contribution of the remote control.
• The Connecticut Light and Power Company, Berlin CT, part of The Northeast Utilities System, installs a new System Operations Center. An article by Jim Stokes.
• The Dallas (TX) Police Jack Evans Police Headquarters employs extensive communications technology throughout, including the Media Conference/Community Room. An article by R. David Read.
• In Webster TX, the new City Hall has a cutting-edge design and audiovisual systems, an attempt to showcase the importance of technology within the community. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport in Burbank CA, targeting an upscale and hip clientele, needed a new audio system to improve safety and comfort. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Neal Weinstock, who edits IT/AV Report and is founder/president of Weinstock Media Analysis, analyzes Class D amplifiers, a new choice in amp design.
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March 22, 2004
Theme Parks and Attractions
Seventh annual Worship Survey report
NSCA issue, ISC West issue

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, looks into the word “consultant,” examining its definition, what consultants do, perception of consultants and what distinguishes a good consultant.
• The world’s largest passenger liner, Queen Mary 2, features extensive AV systems on every deck, blending classic style with state-of-the-art technology. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Writer Jim Stokes covers an audio upgrade of Disneyland Park’s Fantasyland Theatre in Anaheim CA, for “Snow White, An Enchanting New Musical,” an adaptation of the classic film.
• Tulsa’s Expo Square, home of the Tulsa OK Pavilion and Expo Center, underwent a four-phase renovation that includes new AV systems throughout. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in Manhattan features advanced AV systems and multimedia elements in its exhibits, artifacts and programs. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Continuing Sound & Communications’ series of Industry Pioneers, we cover Albert R. Kahn, the founder of Electro-Voice. An article by R. David Read.
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April 19, 2004
Worship Centers
NAB issue

• BICSI president Russ Oliver, VP of engineering and operations, CTC Communications, discusses preparing for convergence, and the important role formation of CLADI might play.
• The Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church in Houston TX expands, integrating extensive AV into two new buildings, the Christian Life Center and the Community Life Center. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Little Rock AR’s Fellowship Bible Church employs multimode fiber to connect AV sources in multiple buildings across two campuses. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Mary Chapel at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA undergoes extensive renovations, including a new sound system. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Consultant David McNutt discusses acoustic enhancement systems in houses of worship, and solving problems associated with these difficult structural environments.
• Writer Dawn Allcot covers the phenomenon of integrators embracing IT, and how high profile systems integrators turn to IT for any size project.
• Neal Weinstock, who edits IT/AV Report and is founder/president of Weinstock Media Analysis, covers the strong IT/AV trend in education, and how AV spending is dependent upon being part of an IT project.
• Wes Alderson, CPW, presents another anecdote and ensuing lessons in a series of true stories of life in the commercial audiovisual and sound industry.
• Continuing Sound & Communications’ series of Industry Pioneers, we cover Dr. C.P. Boner, the father of audio equalization. An article by R. David Read.
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May 24, 2004
Schools and Colleges
InfoComm issue

• An article by Daniel E. Kinnaman, VP of Professional Media Group LLC, argues that InfoComm’s EduComm can help integrators make money.
• Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham MA, the first new engineering school constructed in the US in 40 years, integrates AV/IT. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Jonathan Shor, director of technology for McCann Systems, explains Boston University’s Visitor Center, where alumni experiences are featured on four curved video screens.
• At Bryant College in Smithfield RI, digital signage replaces bulletin boards, as new technologies support educational and informational efforts. An article by Jim Stokes.
• The University of Kansas’ Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics shifts from a museum to a more modern, interactive, high-tech meeting space. An article by Linda Seid Frembes.
• S. Ann Earon, PhD, a researcher and consultant in multimedia communications, discusses driving adoption of collaborative conferencing, as well as the importance of understanding customers’ needs.
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June 21, 2004
Theaters and Auditoriums

• Thomas C. Rauscher, president of Archi-Technology, LLC, discusses MasterFormat ’04, particularly how and when it will be applied, and by whom.
• Cary Friedman, owner of Clark Pond Associates, covers the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring MD, which thoroughly integrated new technologies while serving as a memorial to the past.
• In Allegan MI, the local theater brings “big technology” to a small town, including a 48-channel audio mixing console. An article by R. David Read.
• While, in the beginning, there was no audio system, the Grand Opera House in Dubuque IA now boasts a unified sound system. An article by Linda Seid Frembes.
• Extensive renovation brings new sound and paging systems to Ruth Eckerd Hall at the Richard R. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts in Clearwater FL. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Scott Lehane discusses the digital era beginning in cinema advertising, arguing that this has the potential to open a lot more doors.
• Wes Alderson, CPW, and Karen Alderson discuss adhering to a code of ethics, another in a series of articles exploring a common theme.
• Continuing Sound & Communications’ series of Industry Pioneers, we cover Leo L. Beranek, D.SC., Dean of American Acousticians. An article by R. David Read.
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July 19, 2004
Retail Environments
19th annual Contractors Survey report

• Federated Department Stores expands its shopping concepts with digital signage systems throughout several Macy’s stores. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Las Vegas’ Hawaiian Marketplace venture features many advanced technologies, including performing animatronic birds, speakers and touchpanels. An article by R. David Read.
• Lyle Bunn, a senior partner of Apogee Partners, discusses electronic signage networks, arguing ESNs can play a role in homeland security in addition to traditional applications.
• R. David Read, an Acoustical Society of America member, reports on ASA celebrating its Diamond Anniversary, looking back at the organization’s history.
• Mario J. Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, explores the vital importance of communication in the AV industry.
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August 23, 2004
Corporate Facilities
CEDIA issue

• American Infrastructure’s new corporate headquarters in Worcester PA integrates modern AV with turn-of-the-century architecture. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Compuware Corporation spent $350 million to build its new corporate headquarters in Detroit MI, with the integrator consulting from early-on. An article by Darren Coon.
• Thanks to AV, Independent Pilots Association pilots can navigate their routes and deliver United Parcel Service shipments successfully. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, presents 25 years of DSP in sound reinforcement, arguing Digital Signal Processing revolutionized the market.
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September 20, 2004
Entertainment Venues

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, discusses the ICAT/SAVVI Forum that took place at InfoComm, as well as plans for an “Audiovisual Best Practices Manual.”
• The famed Hollywood Bowl renovates its amphitheater AV technology, with upgrades encompassing an acoustical canopy, sound reinforcement, lighting and video projection. An article by R. David Read.
• Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City set out to build a hall tailored for the sound of music, employing extensive AV to achieve the goals. An article by R. David Read.
• At Churchill Downs in Louisville KY, a $125 million, two-phase renovation will deliver state-of-the-art sound and video that might surpass anything the racing world has seen. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Lyle Bunn, a senior partner of Apogee Partners, discusses Electronic Signage Networks, arguing technology integration is the key to ESN’s success.
• An InfoComm International survey reveals an $18.9 billion pro market. The study foresees steady growth and recommends ways to stay competitive.
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October 18, 2004
Hotels and Restaurants
AES issue, ISC New York issue

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, discusses the Society for College and University Planning Conference, and particularly the buzz there.
• Scott Walker, CTS-D, president of the International Communications Industries Association, discusses the effort to define the AV industry and establish its best practices.
• South Carolina’s Spartanburg Marriott Renaissance Park Hotel and Conference Center employs a technologically advanced AV system. An article by Jim Stokes.
• An integrated solution works for New York’s Rogue restaurant/bar, Montvale NJ’s Porter House and Dublin’s Scholars. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Wisconsin Dells’ Kalahari Resort and Convention Center more than doubles meeting space capacity and expands AV and security capabilities. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Boston’s Sports Depot’s video systems include plasma receivers, HDTV LCD rear-projection televisions, hi-def receivers and assorted other AV. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Cheesecake Factory, with 60 locations and 20 more in the works, adds to the atmosphere by employing AV, including outdoor patio speakers. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Richard Mavrogeanes, founder/CTO of VBrick Systems, covers Network Video Multicasting, asking if MPEG video will kill your network.
• Chris Bottger, VP/GM, IntelliNet MCS for IVCi, LLC, weighs in on the conferencing factor, asserting it is on the rise, and possibly in your next design build.
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November 22, 2004
Stadiums and Arenas

• Tony Warner, of RTKL Associates, argues that compromise is the key to strong consulting, asking how important it is to be in control.
• Dougie Lazer, principal of XS Lighting & Sound, talks about some of the main clients his company serves, as well as growing his business beyond nightclubs.
• Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies’ new ballpark, underwent a vast AV project, encompassing widespread speaker placement, video display and scoreboard. An article by Jim Stokes.
• The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada had many AV issues to address, including noise and vibration control, a sound system and digital signage. An article by R. David Read.
• Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CTS-D, covers the second Future Summit held by the Independent Consultants in Audiovisual Technology Council of ICIA.
• Moderator Kristen Nichelson presents the “Convergence Considered” roundtable, featuring Michael L. Shafer, Curtis Blood, Robert J. Eastman and Nathan T. Larmore.
• Wes Alderson, CPW, and Karen Alderson, MS, discuss why systems integrators should be concerned about the outsourcing phenomenon.
• Sound & Communications continues its series of Industry Pioneers, this time covering Emile Berliner (1851-1929). An article by R. David Read.
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December 20, 2004
Large Commercial Buildings and Offices

• Grand Rapids Central Station, in Grand Rapids MI, applies AV technology to its platforms and boardroom. An article by Bret W. Emerson, RCDD/NTS, CNE.
• Writer Jim Stokes covers the audiovisual gear put to use at Boston University, where technology ties the Executive Administrative Center’s eighth and ninth floors together.
• Gary Kayye, CTS, presents the annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball, reviewing how he did last time and making predictions for the future.
• Scott R. McLain, CTS, and David A. McNell, CTS, discuss asset management, delivering a treatise on the benefits of selling service to your customer.
• Moderator Kristen Nichelson presents “Convergence Considered” roundtable part 2, featuring Michael L. Shafer, Curtis Blood, Robert J. Eastman and Nathan T. Larmore.
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