AV Design is a Win at the Sports Hall of Fame
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame opened a new 40,000 square-foot space at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary that celebrates the country’s impressive sports history. Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) and the media producers to design the exhibits, and also provided audio-visual systems for the new museum, which includes 11 exhibit galleries representing 58 sports, plus more than 50 interactive visitor experiences.
Electrosonic was the main AV systems contractor working for The Taylor Group, which provided overall exhibit project management and fabrication. C7A designed the new building, and Cortina Productions and Bruce’s Garage designed the multimedia presentations.
A number of noteworthy galleries and exhibits fill the new attraction; one of the most challenging galleries is The Ring of Canada Sports, which required Electrosonic to design a customized projection solution. The ceiling height restricted the projector positions and throw distances needed to achieve the desired overhead image sizes, so Electrosonic revised the screen surface to a ring shape and used Sharp projectors with wide-angle lenses mounted above custom mirror bounce assemblies to rear project onto the scrim material.
Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team’s main role throughout the project was to fulfill the client’s creative intent with the most applicable technology solution, even technology that would become available in the near future. “The Hero Stations in the Grand Hall, which allow visitors to look up profiles of sport legends, required thin and light displays with slim bezels,” says Electrosonic Design Consultant, Andy Batwinas. “LCD displays were initially considered, but we ultimately went with thin LED-lit LCD displays, which were just being introduced into the market at the time.”
In the Skater Gallery, Electrosonic specified Sharp ultra short-throw projectors to display image backdrops on the walls behind athlete figures. The entry tunnel also features a clever use of a narrow space; images of sports suited to the long corridor, such as curling and swimming, are projected via three edge blended DLP projectors aimed at the floor. This specific projector is able to be mounted in odd orientations, so it was also suitable for the Water Sports Gallery where, aimed up at discs in the ceiling, the images give the illusion of being under water.
For the Formula 1 car in the Ride Motion Gallery, which is backed by a curved screen displaying racing footage, Electrosonic provided a Sharp projector running through a graphics scaler to correct for the screen’s curve. Several exhibits also feature 3D Blu-ray players allowing visitors to simulate the feeling of being a hockey goalie and baseball catcher. Other visitor experiences, like the ski jump exhibit, were designed with sensor interfaces, which trigger interactive events. Finally, visitors can gather in the 120-seat Riddell Family Theater to watch a 10-minute video displayed onto a 16x9-foot painted wall by a DLP projector, highlighting great sports moments.
Electrosonic designed and provided the audio system throughout the building. Media players provide video content for everything not run from a PC. A control system monitors the majority of the exhibits.