MPOWERdome, located in Fadden ACT, is a large aluminium and fabric structure covering 8 indoor tennis courts and a centrally located two-storey building containing reception, pro shop, amenities and a mezzanine café with viewing areas.
The building is approximately 156m long, 38m wide and 13m high and is the largest structure of its type in Australia. It is constructed of large extruded aluminium portal frames with tensioned PVC fabric providing all-weather protection of the sports surfaces. The PVC fabric allow diffuse sunlight during the day and provides a reflective surface for illumination of sport surfaces from specialised light fittings during night time use.
GUZ BOX design + audio were engaged early in the construction process to provide an acoustic opinion to determine the suitability of the venue for speech and special events. Preliminary acoustic modelling highlighted long reverberation times, particularly at speech frequencies, due to the highly reflective nature of the tension fabric linings and court surfaces.
A suitable sound reinforcement system was designed to provide paging and high quality background music with direct coverage to each of the court areas. A multi-zoned paging system was installed to provide independent control to each of the 8 indoor tennis courts.
A total of 16x Acoustic Technologies LG04 compact full-range loudspeaker enclosures supply high quality audio throughout the facility. The loudspeakers were supplied in a custom colour to match the structural portal frames of the MPOWERdome Sport Hall. These are powered by 2x Ecler MPA 4-400 multi-channel power amplifiers
Given the challenging acoustic environment, the installed system performs exceptionally well and provides excellent coverage to each of the court areas.
56 Coyne Street
FADDEN ACT 2904
Phone: (612) 6298 5500
Acoustic Consultant: Tim Kuschel, GUZ BOX design + audio
For more information, please contact GUZ BOX design + audio
PO Box 830
Wollongong NSW 2520
t: 02 4227 3040