THE P.A. PEOPLE HELPS PREP NEW SAE SYDNEY CAMPUS
SAE has opened the doors to its impressive new Sydney education facility located at 39 Regent St in the inner-city creative hub of Chippendale and next to Central Station. It’s a $12m, seven-story campus complete with a rooftop recreational space where students can enjoy 360° skyline views across the CBD.
General Manager of SAE Australia, Lee Aitken, said the new campus was built to accommodate a growing demand for creative media programs in disciplines such as audio, film, animation, games, design and web/mobile. “The new campus has been fitted out with the best facilities and industry-standard equipment to support hands-on learning in small class environments,” said Aitken. “Our focus is on giving students access to the types of technology and equipment they’ll be using in the workplace, and equipping them with both the technical and soft skills needed to kickstart successful careers from day one of their studies.”
While SAE supplied and installed their own equipment, the key role for The P.A. People was to ensure the infrastructure in the campus was functional. The P.A. People partnered with Farindon Constructions to complete the project and worked closely with Design Stage Consultancy.
The new premises comprise a refurbished seven-story building and required a total fitout of studios, classrooms, theatre, smaller meeting rooms and offices. The main installation consisted of the cabling infrastructure for all studios, live rooms and teaching spaces, including all audio connections such as mic level and line level and speaker ties as well as video connections such as HDMI, SDI and fibre ties. The P.A. People team custom-built, engraved, and terminated panels for each room, which detailed all Neutrik connectors.
The visual components of the system included projection screens situated in the training rooms, while seminar rooms were fitted with LCD screens. A small AMX touch panel was installed in the theatre to control projection and lighting. A lighting patch panel was also installed in their largest live space (the ‘wonder room’) for stage lighting requirements.
Phil Viney, director or DesignStage, said, “DesignStage have been involved in several SAE relocations and upgrades to date including Perth, Sydney, and San Francisco. In all cases the brief was principally to provide high quality comprehensive and flexible cabling infrastructure for the live rooms, studios, labs, production and teaching spaces. The P.A. People were commissioned to carry out the installation and diligently set about the detailed design of the panels and cabling. Their attention to detail and commitment to this project contributed greatly in delivering a high-quality installation despite a compressed programme.”