May 4, 2020 agrant

Quince Imaging Supports Overhaul of Historic Conmy Hall with 144’ LED Wall

Blending Tradition with Technology: A Historic Venue Meets Modern Innovation for the US Army

Quince Imaging, a leader in experiential display designs, is proud to be part of the team that delivered an audiovisual renovation of the 35,000-square-foot Conmy Hall, one of the most historic structures at Fort Myer in suburban Washington, DC. This premier indoor ceremonial and unique events space is used by the United States Army, The White House, and the Department of Defense for many vital ceremonies and presentations. The crucial part of the overhaul was installing a state-of-the-art 144′ LED video wall by Quince Imaging.

The renovation project began in October 2019 and was primed by The Bridge Group, with Quince Imaging selected as the prime video systems integrator. The Quince team, with their extensive experience in large format displays, was tasked with designing, engineering, and installing a robust new system that includes LED & projection displays, a broadcast switching system, high-resolution screen control, modernized fiber interfaces for mobile video trucks, as well as unified control systems for simplified day-to-day operations. The control system allows for the more frequent mid-scale productions to be operated by two personnel while allowing expandability for larger productions to be fully supported by mobile video trucks, with all necessary patch bays, routing, and broadcast support.

The most significant technical challenge of the renovation was a newly installed LED wall that covers a massive 144′ wide span, the entire venue width. To accommodate stage entrances with such an expansive screen, a 25′ automated pull-out entryway was built directly into the LED display, creating a built-in doorway, which, at the push of a button, can be retracted as the show begins. The result is a seamless, wall-to-wall video screen that fully encompasses the venue’s length for optimal audience viewing from every seat.

Driving the 12,000,000-pixel LED wall in tandem with a 4k projection system required the most sophisticated imaging technology on the market, including an array of Christie Pandoras Box media servers, Spyder X80 screen management system, as well as a Production Studio 4k 2ME switching system for standard broadcast camera control.

“I can’t think of a better partner for this project than Quince Imaging,” said Cathy Arevian, The Bridge Group’s CEO. “The video systems integration wasn’t just about technology – which was staggering in itself – but the ability to work with different partners, demanding stakeholders, and the idiosyncrasies of a historic structure, coupled with the ability to course correct in real-time, made them superstars on this project.”

The new conceptual design will meet the audiovisual needs of all events hosted at Conmy Hall for many years.

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