NPS – Grand Canyon National Parks Event Centers
What a great place to go to work.
Every one of us at Atmosphere AV loves the outdoors and has great respect for our National Parks. We take great pride in our work for the National Park Service with the sincere hope that we are adding to everyone’s positive experiences in one of our nation’s greatest achievements.
Getting Ready to Leave
Before we left for the Grand Canyon we spent a week in the shop pre-building the equipment racks that would be used at both the Shrine and McKee locations. We rented a box truck and loaded both the racks as well as all the additional speakers, wire and tools we would need on site. All of the lighting fixtures and acoustic panels shipped directly to the Grand Canyon. With the majority of everything assembled before we left, our time on site was minimized and maximized our productivity. There was no way we could go to the Grand Canyon again without taking our road bikes for a bit of rest and relaxation in our down time so they got loaded as well and off we went.
Shrine of the Ages
Completed in 1970, the Shrine of the Ages is a multi-purpose auditorium used by the Grand Canyon National Park Service and others. It can be rented for private functions, including wedding ceremonies.
As a historical structure we were faced with improving the Audio and Video to keep up with modern needs. The greatest challenge was to make these upgrades without impacting the historic structure. The final solution was a JBL CBT line array with a custom pole mount attached to the self-powered subwoofer systems. The entire audio system is controlled via an iPad interface that allows the engineer to work from anywhere in the room. Additionally we added a modernized lighting system with low power usage led fixtures controlled from a hidden lighting board.
The McKee Amphitheater is used for educational programs at the Grand Canyon National Park where approximately 500 guests can fit comfortably.
Again, as a historic structure we were faced with limitations to mounting the speaker systems and could in no way alter the structure itself. JBL CBT line array speakers with outdoor weather ratings were the solution, providing excellent far-field intelligibility. The audio system is controlled via an iPad interface that allows the engineer the flexibility to work from anywhere including the guest seating areas. Additionally we added a modernized lighting system with low power usage led fixtures with color settings designed to minimize the impact on the night sky and wildlife.