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QSC goes green at Veerkracht Ecocentre

Erica Basnicki 30 October 2012
QSC goes green at Veerkracht Ecocentre

A QSC KLA series line array system, supplied by AED, has been installed as the main PA system in the Veerkracht Ecocentre; a new ‘green’ congress centre recently built in Klarenbeek, the Netherlands.   The facility is partially built into a large mound of earth, allowing the soil to handle much of the insulation requirements of the building naturally, and is roofed with turf and grass.   AV installation specialist Dave Shiphorst is responsible for all of the audio-visual systems at the Veerkracht centre and was part of the small team of enthusiasts that built it themselves without using a contractor.   "Most conference centres aren’t very green – there are lots of big rooms, lights and air conditioning, and everyone visits in their own car,” he said. “Our aim was to build a state-of-the-art centre with good transport connections, and combine that with sustainable principles – so our chairs are restored 80-year-old wooden chairs, our catering is done exclusively with local produce to keep the food miles low, and we use paper coffee cups which we also burn in our furnaces to help to heat the building. We combine all that with centrally controlled AV systems, and I can raise and lower the chandeliers and activate the display screens, projectors and audio systems from my iPhone."   Hanging in the main auditorium is a QSC KLA line array composed of eight full-range KLA12 elements (four per channel) and four KW181 subwoofers. "I sold and installed QSC products for a living for many years," explained Shiphorst. "I am a major fan of both QSC amplifiers and speakers. When Sam Verwaijen, the centre’s owner, asked me to work with him at the Veerkracht Centre, I said that the speakers had to be QSC. Sam trusts my judgment, and once he heard the KLAs, he was convinced.”      

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