Case Study | St. Paul's Union Depot, Minnesota, USA Achieving Intelligibility in a Historic Transportation Depot | Tech Electronics
  • Commercial
    Providing technology solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes
  • Construction
    Bringing decades of experience to your construction project
  • Education
    Designing, installing and servicing technology for learning environments
  • Government
    Delivering technology solutions to all branches of government
  • Healthcare
    Meeting the demands of modern healthcare through technology solutions
  • Industrial
    Empowering facilities with technology for today and tomorrow
  • Religious
    Equipping faith-based organizations with the latest technology
  • Work Smarter
    Tech Electronics gives organizations the tools to work more efficiently
  • Feel Safer
    Protecting people and property through life safety and communication solutions
  • Collaborate More Effectively
    Increasing productivity through technology-based collaboration tools

Pro AV Catalog

Research Our AV Products

Pro AV Catalog

Research Our AV Products

Pro AV Catalog

St. Paul's Union Depot, Minnesota, USA Achieving Intelligibility in a Historic Transportation Depot

Submitted By

St. Paul's Union Depot, Minnesota, USA  Achieving Intelligibility in a Historic Transportation Depot
Contact Us
St. Paul's Union Depot, Minnesota, USA  Achieving Intelligibility in a Historic Transportation Depot
Description
Featured Products
Additional Providers

About the Facility

Recently restored to its original 1920s grandeur, St. Paul’s Union Depot again serves as a transportation center and hosts concerts, art shows and other events. During restoration, the depot’s highly reverberant acoustics and widely varying noise levels presented significant challenges to the important goal of clear voice paging for passengers and natural sound reinforcement for its frequent public events.

The Sound System

As the building architect and engineer, HGA Architects and Engineers worked with the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority (RCRRA), the project engineers and the construction companies to carefully restore the building’s beautiful interior which is finished in brick, plaster, marble and terrazzo.

Due to Union Depot’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, no acoustic treatment was allowed in the restoration. And, the depot’s large open spaces and hard surfaces combined with its varying noise levels resulted in an extremely challenging acoustical environment.

To meet these challenges, HGA’s Joe Wetternach, P.E., chose a distributed system design based on Community ENTASYS FR column line arrays placed along the walls and aimed into the public spaces.