Billed as a “Harbinger of the Future”, the new Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila’s expanding Entertainment City complex, has earned an instant acclaim for bringing first class amenities and cutting edge theatre technology to audiences in the Philippines. Coherent Design acted as principal theatre consultant for the project, as well as designer of the theatre’s entire technology package. Coherent Design also acted as the primary acoustical consultant for this state of the art project.
The new 1,761 seat venue, which celebrated its grand opening in late 2014, is the center piece of a multi-billion dollar development owned and operated by Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels. One of the most unique features of this lyric style theatre project is the integration of architectural acoustics, active electronic acoustics, and direct reinforcement systems all being designed from the outset as an integrated whole. Integrating active acoustics and PA design into a construction project from the earliest design phases is still a relatively new concept. At Solaire, we have none of the surfaces introduced to generate early reflections for stage sound, a feature that only causes problems for amplified sound. There is no tonal modification from surfaces around the main arrays, allowing the theatre to deliver very clear, uniform, and uncolored sound reproduction.
The “active acoustics” or Constellation™ system includes a total of 63 ambient microphones that are placed over and around the stage and seating areas, with signals feeding a D-Mitri™ digital audio platform hosting VRAS™ acoustical algorithms. On the output side, for introducing calculated early reflections and late reverberations into the space, Constellation™ employs a total of 213 small Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers. The theatre has about a dozen basic acoustical presets to work with everything from hard rock to jazz, pop, symphonic, and Broadway shows. The room also has a preset, just for presentation purposes of a very long “cathedral” setting. Additionally, the theatre has the option to route the main audio mix console into the systems for special surround effects, if desired.
Although the Theatre at Solaire has ample facilities for accommodating front of house gear on touring productions, the in-house equipment roster is very rider friendly for most international tours. The house PA system includes 12 speaker cabinets per side, a Meyer Mica line array hung left and right of the proscenium on chain motors with 6 Meyer 1100-LFC in a direction subwoofer array.
The theatrical lighting systems, designed by David Starck and Sean Greener of Coherent Design, are also state of the art. Middleton, Wisconsin based Electronic Theatre Controls was selected as the provider of the dimming and control systems. Six ETC Sensor3 power control racks fitted with 576 modules, including ThruPower modules, were specified and installed. The venue also employs an Eos Ti lighting desk with 8,000 outputs. Additionally, an ETC Unison Paradigm architectural control system is used for houselights and work lights.
As the theatre consultant, Coherent Design was also responsible for the design and specification of the theatre’s stage systems. The stage floor is a tongue and groove maple floor with resilient rubber pads to provide for performer injury protection. The stage structure is engineered to 12kN/m2 load. The stage is approximately 690 m2 with a proscenium of 17.5 m x 12.3 m.
The stage rigging and fly system include 62 line sets, six electric sets, and seven lifting lines per set. The theatre has a 907kg arbor capacity, including batten weight. The house curtain is 19.5 meters by 13 meters to match the interior design and can function as a guillotine, traveler, and center split.
The theatre stage is outfitted with an orchestra pit, with a usable area of 72 m2. The front section of the pit includes an automated scissor lift, which allows it to function as additional orchestra pit space, additional audience seating or as stage thrust.
The facility provides 6 Star dressing rooms, 2 four person rooms, 4 eight person rooms, and 1 sixteen person room. Additional support facilities include: Green Room, Crew Room, and Band Room which top out the performer and crew accommodations.
You would not expect a top flight concert venue to be located in a town in southeastern Oklahoma that has a population of under 20,000 people. When your town houses the closest hotel casino to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, things happen. Coherent Design was brought in by Las Vegas based Klai Juba Wald Architects to provide design and consulting for a one hundred plus million dollar expansion of the Choctaw Durant Hotel and Casino.
The project consists of a new nearly 3,000 seat concert and events center, nearly 30,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, as well as a new hotel tower. Coherent Design was to focus on the audiovisual, acoustics, and theatrical lighting of the concert venue and the meeting spaces. The concert venue, which opens in late June of 2015 with the band Aerosmith, is a boutique, but world class venue. The technology includes new line array speakers from Berkeley California based Meyer Sound Labs and included one of the first indoor installations of the Meyer Lyon and Leo speaker systems. A large ETC dimming and control systems, as well as intelligent lighting fixtures from Clay Paky and lighting control from Germany’s MA lighting will make this a special place for concerts. Coherent Design was also responsible for the architectural lighting design in this facility, which will mark one of Coherent’s first large scale architectural lighting projects.
Architect: Klai Juba Wald
General Contractor: Manhattan Construction Group
AV Contractor: FBP Systems
Galaxy Macau Phase II is a major expansion of one of the largest hotel casino and entertainment complexes in the world. Coherent Design was responsible for designing the entirety of the audio and video systems for the project. Two hotels, a JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton, are included in this massive project. Consisting of 450,000 square meters (4,800,000.00 s.f.) of new resort space and an additional 3,600 hotel rooms and large expansions of retail and meeting space, Galaxy Macau is truly a state of the art facility. Coherent Design selected Biamp Systems as the property wide audio processor. The Biamp DSP is the largest Biamp system ever designed and implemented into a project. The entire property is served by an IPTV video distribution system. Christie Digital was chosen to provide projection for all of the meeting and ballrooms. Crown Audio provides amplification for the entire project and Martin Audio was chosen to provide speakers throughout the facility.
Coherent Design was engaged on the project by Nike Corporation, Converse’s parent company. Every floor in the 10 story facility is integrated with the latest in presentation and collaboration systems. The Union, which covers most of the first floor, is an entirely open space with couches, huddle spaces, multiple displays using sources such as Apple TV, Google Chrome, DirecTV, and presentation resources from hard wired connectivity to the latest in wireless technology. The space can be used for both special events with a high powered sound system to quiet meeting areas or company calls with a large digital media switcher.
There is a 5,000 square foot company gym with high quality audio systems, as well as video distribution to both the machines, and several flat panel displays. A Yoga room and dance studio round out the workout facilities.
Each floor is equipped with both huddle type rooms that include simple collaboration and whiteboard capabilities utilizing the latest in wireless technology.
These rooms support BYOD and offer a quick simple solution for collaborative meetings. Dedicated video conferencing facilities are available on certain key floors. These rooms are purpose built video conferencing environments with the latest in video conferencing technology. (Cisco)
The 10th floor includes a large divisible ballroom type space. The audiovisual and collaborative technologies in this space include a large scale digital media switcher that allows the rooms to act as one or as single divided rooms. The latest in HDTV distribution allows Converse to show the most vibrant images on oversized screens during training, special events, and presentations. The entire system is controlled via LCD touch panels providing a simple and easy to use graphical interface for Converse employees and guests.
Rounding out the technology is the 10th floor corporate boardroom, with its massive video displays and high end video conferencing technology, which allows Converse executives to work in the most advanced collaborative environment.