Vital Heart & Vein cardiovascular center is a high-profile, high-stakes customer for any AV integration firm, so it goes without saying that Houston-based Sixth Sense Solutions would have liked to have been brought into the project early-on to maximize planning.
It doesn’t always go like that, though, as all integrators know.
When Sixth Sense Solutions was brought on by one of its repeat clients to install the AV for the brand-new cardiology surgical center in Humble, Texas, it was among the last contractors woven into the project schedule.
The general contractor admitted that his team got carried away and distracted with the construction and other elements of the sizeable project, and had forgotten about the customer’s AV needs. When Sixth Sense Solutions was brought into the loop the building was almost complete, so it needed to work quickly.
It began by assessing the scope of the project immediately amongst a packed work-site of almost 100 other contractors. This required it to maneuver through Sheetrock, almost-complete ceilings, and other barriers.
It also worked alongside the electrician which required constant communication to ensure the electrical lines were installed at a safe distance from the 70-volt speaker wire to avoid any possible distortion.
Despite a limited amount of time and circumventing several physical and project barriers, Sixth Sense Solutions owner, Jerry Shanar, worked with the customer to suggest a comprehensive AV installation that would come together to create a harmonious system to round out the already technologically advanced building design.
State of the Art Facility Requires Sophisticated Audio
The project and building management teams envisioned an AV system that would fit seamlessly into the new tech-savvy cardiovascular center and help make it a more comfortable environment while also serving a number of operational needs.
“The nature of a surgical center can cause a high level of stress in patients, so the building managers wanted us to create a setting where music could be streamed in each room to soothe and create a less sterile atmosphere,” Shanar says.
Additionally, the customer requested it find a way to block noise generated in the attached call center, as it anticipated the simultaneous conversations happening from cubicle to cubicle would be quite disruptive.
To give the staff the ability to listen to different content from room-to-room, Shanar decided to independently wire the rooms using multi-zone amplifiers all running on the same network rather than tying them together.
Over 27 zones were installed as well as 10 Denon HEOS streamers, across three floors and over 60,000 square feet.
Turning to Beale Street Audio
Being a technologically advanced building running on 70-volt power with six feet of open air between the ceiling tiles and the roof, Shanar determined that speakers with built-in backboxes were required – otherwise, the sound would be compromised due to the circulation of the additional open air.
To remedy this, Shanar decided on speakers from Beale Street Audio – over 125 in total. Shanar had first heard of Beale Street from LRG rep Kenny Hilton and ADI’s Philip Wood who both raved about the brand.
After taking their advice and using Beale Street in a previous project and loving the sound and ease of installation, Shanar knew exactly which brand he wanted to install for Vital Heart & Vein.
“Unlike most speaker brands, Beale Street Audio solutions are brilliantly designed to be incredibly installer-friendly, giving integrators like me the versatility, powerful sound, and customizable adjustments ideal for any installation,” Shanar says.
“The Vital Heart and Vein project had rooms that were 20-by20 feet we were restricted to installing only two speakers.
Beale Street Audio’s patented Sonic Vortex Technology offers stellar acoustics with a 6dB boost in the mid-lower bass that can fill any room with 3D sound regardless of the source and size.
And, the speaker models we chose include built-in enclosures with wattage taps on the back, which are very useful because the speaker can be cranked up by 5, 10 or 20+ watts. With a simple wattage adjustment we were able to ensure each room was fully enveloped in sound despite using fewer speakers.”
Being a brand-new building, the aesthetics of the speakers were also important.
“A lot of 70-volt speakers look like elevator speakers,” Shanar says. “We wanted a nice and clean bezel-less design. Knowing my customer it was important the speakers didn’t draw attention to themselves. His request was that they look sleek and modern while also offering extraordinary sound in order to emulate the overall look-and-feel of the entire building.”
As the installation was almost complete, the building team asked for some last-minute changes, including 18 new TVs spread across nine recovery rooms, the conference room and other areas of the cardiovascular center.
The addition of over a dozen volume controls (for a total of 18) was also requested to give staff individual control of most rooms throughout the building.
Shanar’s team also installed Beale Street Audio D2.1 amplifiers and Logitech Harmony 350 remotes in the executive office and conference room to provide users the ability to switch between sources (Dish Network, music, and HDMI for presentations), while utilizing all speakers in the dedicated rooms.
Beale Street Audio Becomes Cardiovascular Center’s Beating Heart of AV
Vital Heart & Vein opened in its new completed location in early 2019 and the systems have been running smoothly. “This was a project that had a lot of intricacies and challenges that we had to meet in a short period of time,” Shanar says.
“Choosing Beale Street Audio for the large-scale speaker installation was a key component of our success and ability to meet these tight deadlines. With Beale you can simply pop a ceiling tile, flip a switch, install it and you’re done.
And you can rest assured knowing that you’re installing premium sound quality at the same time.”
The president of the cardiovascular center, Dr. Mazen Ganim, was very particular around his needs for the building, has an eye for design and envisioned the building to be simple, sleek, and modern. “The sound quality surpasses all expectations and the user interface is very intuitive,” he says.
“The AV is truly exceptional and the team at Sixth Sense Solutions’ professionalism and knowledgeable approach helped make it a seamless and enjoyable experience from start to finish. A great job with truly amazing results!”
Vital Heart & Vein Cardiovascular Center Equipment List:
- 125x 6.5-inch Beale Street Audio TIC651 70-volt in-ceiling speakers
- 125x TB65 Tile Bridge Brackets
- 6x Denon HEOS SuperLink Network Multi-Room Preamplifiers
- 5x Denon HEOS Link HS2 Wireless Pre-Amplifier
- 14 Amplifiers:
- 2x Beale Street Audio D2.1 Digital Integrated Class D
- 2x JBL CSA1300Z0
- 2x JBL CSA180ZUU
- 6x Crown 35 Watt, 135ma
- 2x QSC CX 108V
- 28x Atlas AT100D volume controls
- 17 TVs
- 1x 32-inch WBox
- 13x 43-inch WBox
- 2x 55-inch WBox
- 1x Sony 85-inch
- 7x Russound XZone4
- 18/2 Plenum Shielded Wire
- 2x Logitech Harmony 350 Universal Remotes