Middle Atlantic Products today announced that Bag&Baggage Productions (B&B) has installed the SR Series Pivoting Wall Rack in the company’s new theater and multipurpose venue, The Vault, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Installed by integrator Delta AV, the SR Series Pivoting Rack’s compact footprint is perfectly suited to B&B’s small control booth and the lack of space for an equipment closet or rack room.
Originally developed to combine the advantages of a floor-standing enclosure and wall-mounted cabinet in one unit, the SR Series provides the easy rear access and space savings of a wall rack via a unique swing-out cabinet section that pivots on a weight-bearing floor base. The innovative design provides quick and convenient access to rear equipment connections needed for show production without requiring an access room behind it.
Originally a bank building, The Vault is an intimate 5,000 square foot venue that serves not only as the home to B&B’s five-show performance season but also a demanding schedule of special events, additional programming, and community meetings. Due to the small-footprint, black-box style of The Vault and the company’s move away from costly physical sets toward digital landscapes, B&B relies heavily on lighting and projection technology for scenic design. The SR Series Pivoting Wall Rack provides B&B staff with a rack solution that neatly mounts, cools, and protects a wide range of audio, video, and lighting gear while providing quick access to inputs during shows.
“Having the ability to control and plug and play all of the technology to exact show or event specifications has afforded us an incredible amount of freedom,” said Jim Ricks-White, technical director for Bag&Baggage. “Though we’re operating from a smaller space now compared to our previous venue, everything we need is right there in the rack — our camera input and monitor, all our HDMI connections, and our entire sound system. The pivoting access feature of the rack has been incredibly useful in getting to our HDMI ports, which are in the back of the rack. Being able to swing open the rack and quickly plug into my next inputs is critical. It’s fast and simple.”
With a pivoting floor base, the SR Series rack saves an average of nine square feet per cabinet, which is ideal for compact spaces or those that do not allow for clearance at the rear of the cabinet. The rack also incorporates Middle Atlantic’s built-in cable management and patented tool-free QuickMount™ system for center section mounting and integration of technology to best practice standards. Middle Atlantic’s latest space-saving SR Series model also features a wider design, which increases the equipment capacity to meet the growing requirements of AV installations, offering integrators a different option for mounting systems closer to the point of use.
“The Vault is a real-world example of an AV-intensive installation where a rack has to do more,” said Paul Dolynchuk, director of product management, Middle Atlantic Products. “The SR Series brought together the benefits of a free-standing rack with the footprint of a wall cabinet to make it easier to service and support AV components without sacrificing square footage, reliability, or capability. As a result, users have all of the room and accessibility they need without squeezing behind a rack, or accidentally damaging or disconnecting cables blindly reaching into the back.”