Advanced AV was only involved in the frantic final two months before opening the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s (RSF) new broadcast center in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Even so, the West Chester, Penn.-based company definitely wants to be involved as the foundation moves toward its goal of doing it in 100 hospitals across the U.S.
Spurred by a call from Bluestone Communications, Inc., Advanced AV designed the system that serves at the centerpiece of the new broadcast facility, where an internal radio station broadcast is sent throughout the hospital. This is the second such facility the foundation opened, joining one in Atlanta.
“They’d like us to be involved with future projects,” says Joel Brazy, who served as account manager on the project and became friendly with the Seacrest family as the Philadelphia project moved forward.
Something from (Almost) Nothing
Advanced AV described the incomplete equipment list and plans as “basically a project without a function” when they came aboard. Amazingly, through collaboration with Bluestone and other firms on the job site, they were ready in time for the July 15 unveiling.
“It was a miracle everything came together the way it did,” says Kevin McGinnis, systems design engineer and project engineer. “Now we know exactly what they want and who the players are, so next time it should go much smoother.”
That’s not to say the job didn’t go well, because it did. But it was definitely a bit harried at times, says Brazy. Advanced AV supplied about half of the gear, plus design, programming and commissioning, and the company will be providing the hospital with a service contract.
“Everything was donated, so we had to make it work,” McGinnis says.
“The cool thing was the collaboration,” says Brazy.
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