The responsibility of a club renovation weighs heavily on the committee and management. Get it right and membership is given a real boost. Get it wrong and you may as well have spent 20 percent of the outlay on a simple refresh.
Brighton-le-Sands RSL has extensively renovated its facilities. The layout has been altered, and the venue has been modernised.
WED Group has been working with the club for about five years on a service contract and taking care of the electrical work.
Like many other electrical contractors WED Group has been moving into AV work, and was happy to pitch for the full electrical and AV install and integration contract for the club’s renovation.
WED Group not so long ago was a father and son electrical outfit, and is now considerably more formidable. Matthew Joyce is the Services & AV Manager, and took the lead on this project.
“It’s traditionally not easy to convince small- to medium-sized clubs on the merits of investing in AV,” observes Matthew Joyce. “They’re very careful with budgets, and properly integrated AV is often the first component to be cut. It was very satisfying to see Brighton-le-Sands RSL taking it seriously.”
EASY ON THE EYE
‘Seriously’ entails 40-odd Samsung displays, Hitachi projection, Grandview motorised screens, Sonance Professional in-ceiling speakers, Crown amplifiers and Biamp Tesira audio DSP processing (programmed by Waller Solutions). Sitting over the top is an RTI control system.
“RTI has been ideal for a club install of this size. We’ve been able to take care of the programming in-house and give the client exactly what they want, presented in a way that’s as easy for the manager as it is for the receptionist to work with.”
The new 10-inch RTI touch panels are very easy on the eye, and WED Group’s programming and UI is exemplary.
The club has a handful of ‘set pieces’ that are neatly programmed as pre-configured presets.
The Ode preset, for example (the traditional ‘lest we forget’ litany that’s played nightly at 6pm), sees the RTI control system taking over every displays, dimming the lights, and setting the audio.
The Karaoke preset in the function space asks the user which of the two input plates they’re using then sets the AV of the room accordingly, including the enabling of the Sennheiser wireless mics in the appropriate zone(s).
The Raffle shortcut takes a laptop input and sends a signal via the ZeeVee modulator to pre-designated displays automatically switched to the appropriate TV channel.
It’s fall-off-a-log easy for the club to take care of business.
Oh, and the glacé cherry? A dedicated, air conditioned machine room, which makes maintenance a breeze.
WED Group: (02) 9525 1623 or www.wedgroup.com.au
Connected Media (RTI): connectedmediaaustralia.com.au