At the start of 2015 MCI was awarded the contract to fit out the new central building of Leuphana Universität Lüneburg with media technology. The core of the new building is the Auditorium Maximum with 1000 seats and flexible seating system.
A Crestron media control system with digital media matrix is integrated for the switching of audio and video signals. The Crestron media control system, configured by MCI programmers, enables both the control and monitoring of all the media technology in the Audimax auditorium. The programming also enabled a range of different user levels meaning that the auditorium can be used by both lecturers as well as professional event engineers according to their requirements.
The sound system uses Shure QSC line arrays and the corresponding QSC processors and amplifiers. The Leuphana University decided on Sennheiser radio microphone systems and a Panasonic 3-chip DLP projector with 20,000 ANSI lumen. Two 120 m² screens, one in front of, the other at the back of the stage, were installed as projection surfaces. The front screen serves as a kind of room divider during lectures, because the stage is not used in this situation. The projector sets itself automatically to the image width and size by changing the focal length and focus, depending on the screen required. Further audio, video and lighting technology was installed in an equipment room next to the Audimax control room. A number of offset and wall socket boxes enable users to add in other AV/IT signals from within the building. As well as the Audimax, 14 seminar rooms were also fitted with Crestron media control systems and NEC projection technology.
A particular feature of this project is the abstract way in which the building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, was constructed as well as the high standard of energy optimisation and the use of renewable energies as part of the “energy optimised building” guidelines. MCI worked as a main contractor with a construction supervisor, two planning engineers and two installers to integrate the entire media technology system and was also responsible for external contact with other trades. MCI provided support in the operation of the new technology during the first events in the Audimax auditorium, for example in the opening celebrations. The project was concluded in the summer of 2017.