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Studio comfort is a top priority for the young patients who are here for treatment yet able to come down and participate in the broadcasts. Furniture design is therefore a significant factor. Harris Broadcast designed and built all studio furniture and cabinetry, with comfort and visual appeal achieved in equal measure.
The designs originated from Harris Broadcast's Pacific Design Center in California, where a team led by design engineer Nick VanHaaster developed a one-host, five-guest concept with built-in headphone controls at each position, as well as EV mics on adjustable Yellowtec Mika arms. The guest wing is raised to an elevation that accommodates wheelchairs and gurneys in addition to adjustable chair heights.
Nick and his team jazzed up the trim with appealing, out-of-the-ordinary colors that pop when viewed from the central atrium area. The oval-shaped cabinetry atop the surface to the right of the host position adds more visual appeal while providing plenty of storage for CD players and other source equipment. Meanwhile, the sturdy and spacious desktop surface accommodates a wide array of on-air and production equipment for the 24/7 operation.
Interestingly, Clear Channel Communications also uses the studio as a training location for station engineers. Harris Broadcast designed a custom removable desk surface that conceals wiring to the on-air console, mics and other source equipment so trainees can quickly dive in and work. Similarly, the furniture design included a cabling and wiring package that simplified equipment and electrical connections across the space.
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