Wednesday's Presidential debate, held at the Gammage Auditorium on the ASU Campus in Tempe, AZ, owes its look to the local Barbizon office. Barbizon's Arizona Office and Mike Riordan just completed a renovation of the auditorium's lighting control system.
The ETC system consists of 3 Sensor+ Dimmer Racks with 276 - 2.4kW and 6-6.0kW Circuits, a Unison Houselight Control System with CMEi Network Processor and LCD Stations, and an ETC Net 2 System with 2-Port Nodes. An ETC RRFU Radio Remote Focus Unit was added to enhance the functionality of the existing Emphasis Control System.
Working closely with the ASU Gammage Auditorium staff, Rhino Staging and Wilson Electric, Barbizon was able to bring the job in on time, and on budget. This was no small feat considering orders were finalized in August with a required completion date in September.
ASU's Gammage Auditorium is one of the last designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. Gammage is named for Dr. Grady Gammage, President of ASU from 1933 to 1959. Elements of the design were conceptualized for a Performing Arts Center in Baghdad, Iraq until a regime change eliminated the plan to move forward. The structure measures 300' long by 250' wide by 80' high. The auditorium seats over 3,000 people on its main floor, grand tier and balcony. The stage can be adapted for grand opera, Broadway musicals, solo productions, organ recitals and lectures.