Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center at The Florida Aquarium

AV Helps the Hub Scenic Deliver an Innovative Learning Experience
Tampa, Florida

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The Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa features video, audio and control equipment and integration provided by Electrosonic. The facility builds on Electrosonic’s strong relationship with the aquarium, which includes earlier extensive refurbishing of a portion of the aquarium.

Florida Aquarium

The Learning Center features a circular main hub area with the lab room, toddler’s room, ocean room, coastal room and green room, branching off of it. The Hub Scenic, part of an introductory experience and presentation for visiting students, is at the core of the hub area. This scenic element, along with architectural detailing, special lighting and other embellishments, create the immersive experience of an ocean laboratory, and set the scene for an innovative learning experience.

Florida Aquarium

A narrative about finding a missing turtle sets the stage for the story of the ocean lab. Simulated portholes with video monitors behind them and a series of monitors positioned around the top rim of the Hub Scenic contribute to the feeling of being in a circular tank. Electrosonic’s mandate was to purchase, install, integrate, program and test equipment for the Hub Scenic; equipment was both supplied by Electrosonic and furnished by the aquarium.

Three fabricated columns with integrated audio, video and lighting effects are physically attached to a circular center core housing the electrical assets. Six monitors in landscape mode are attached to the facility wall; three more, also in landscape mode, are attached to the scenic columns. Three additional 32-inch monitors in portrait format from Electrosonic are positioned within the columns behind the portholes with an effects lighting fixture. Each scenic column is outfitted with a pair of speakers.

Electrosonic provided a DMX lighting controller to change the color of the Hub Scenic’s lights and supplied a control system, operated via a tablet computer, for start/end of day control and diagnostics. Bob Allen of Orlando-based IDEAS created the media.

Florida Aquarium