The Sheboygan Falls School District recently opened the doors to its new middle school. The state-of-the-art facility was built with improved technology, more classrooms, and increased security for fifth through eighth graders.
Clearwing Systems Integration worked with the district to design and install innovative solutions for their unique performance configuration. The stage sits in-between the gym and commons, allowing presentations to either room. As either side can be audience-facing, the design required that the integrated lighting, audio, and video systems be flexible to accommodate the various configurations. Our engineers knew the main challenge was going to be designing a system that could control everything from either orientation without doubling the equipment.
Clearwing chose Tectonic PL-11NR speakers for both sides of the stage. These speakers are well suited to large, open, reverberant spaces like gymnasiums, and are specifically designed to help mitigate reverb and feedback. Even with little to no acoustic treatment, these speakers ensure that voice intelligibility remains high and that music sounds clear. Shure QLXD wireless, Countryman H6 headsets, and QSC GP118 subs complete the audio system.
To make controlling both sides of the stage with the same equipment possible, QSC’s Q-SYS was essential. Q-SYS is capable of handling complex audio signal routing, which in this case, meant that the same inputs could be used from either stage orientation. Through the custom programmed touch panel, staff members and teachers can simply select which room they are working in and the software will handle the signal routing automatically. Q-SYS also provides an easy solution to control a few microphone inputs on either side of the stage for smaller events, without needing to deploy their Yamaha QL1 audio console.
An ETC lighting system, Extron video control, a Christie Digital projector, Da-Lite projection screens, H&H curtain track, and Bellatex drapes round out the installed performance systems. By partnering with Clearwing Systems Integration, Sheboygan Falls Middle School received high quality audio, video, lighting, and control systems that will be in place for years to come.