CONTACT SALES
TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Baylor University Hurd Welcome Center

Experiential technology opens a welcoming ‘front door’ to the next generation of university scholars.

Download Profile

INTRODUCTION

The Hurd Welcome Center provides a technology-rich ‘front door’ to Baylor University’s campus and serves as an inspirational community space designed to make a lasting impression on current and prospective students, staff, alumni and visitors. 

Inside the Center, four 96-foot-high columns provide a symbolic link to the original University site while welcoming the next generation of ‘Bears’ with immersive, interactive experiential technology. Inside the columns, videos and custom content depict Baylor’s four foundational themes – Reflect, Connect, Aspire and Amplify – and communicate what life at Baylor can offer.  

Electrosonic collaborated with DetaiLED™, Populous, Smart Monkeys, AV Stumpfl (Pixera), RLMG and Xibitz, Inc taking responsibility for creating, installing and seamlessly integrating custom LED solutions and specialty projection. 

OVERVIEW

Visitors enter four cylindrical columns where video, audio, lighting and interactivity create a technology-rich immersive environment. 

In the Reflect Column, mirrors on each wall create a kaleidoscope effect, while a rear-projection screen, 25 feet above, plays videos that showcase scenes around campus. As content changes, LED light strips shift in color.

The Connect Column offers an immersive experience as beam-forming audio and a 360-degree 12-million-pixel LED wall showcase different student experiences. 

The Aspire Column provides a unique, personalized experience. With a simple QR code scan, students can create text and witness their name and aspirations illuminated on an LED wall that gracefully spirals up 72 feet through the interior.

The Amplify Column showcases how Baylor alumni are advancing the university's global impact. A half-globe, 3-million-pixel LED screen presents Baylor graduates sharing their impactful journeys and experiences.

The content can be customized to meet the needs of prospective students, game-day guests and special events on campus. For example, the Aspire Column transforms on game days to showcase the lyrics of the Baylor Fight Song. All columns have the flexibility to illuminate with distinct colors for various special occasions.

CHALLENGE

The University sought to create an immersive educational environment with the columns, but faced the challenge of integrating specialty LED, video, audio and lighting into towering cylindrical spaces with restricted access. 

The ambitious installation required a unified control solution capable of overseeing a wide array of technologies on a single platform. This system needed to facilitate the playback and dynamic adjustment of custom media and content to align with various operational modes.
  

SOLUTION

Electrosonic partnered with design and implementation teams to design, install and seamlessly integrate show systems. This involved demanding projection setups, meticulous installation within compact spaces and custom LED solutions for all four columns.

Electrosonic used Smart Monkeys’ virtualized ISAAC platform to provide a consolidated, reliable means of controlling show-critical systems while Q-SYS Core Nano manages audio processing and distribution and Pixera server's playback content.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The Reflect, Connect, Aspire and Amplify columns are integral to the Welcome Center, embodying the University’s vision of creating an open door to the campus. Through interactive, immersive technology, they resonate with Generation Z students who prioritize experiential learning.

The technology enables prospective students to immerse themselves in Baylor’s core values and inspires them to set and record their own aspirations as future ‘Bears’. 

Project Details

Client
Baylor University
Location
Waco, Texas
Size
136,000 sq.ft
Partners
DetaiLED™, Populous, Pixera, RLMG, Smart Monkeys, Xibitz
Services
Build & System Integration
Immersive Technologies
Specialty Projection
Audio & Acoustics
Content Distribution
Command & Control Rooms
Remote Monitoring & Repair
Installation & Integration
When you walk into this building, it’s not a traditional visitor center, it’s not a traditional alumni center. It’s all about experiences and really creating a canvas for people to write their own Baylor story, to create their own narrative to the facility.
Jason Cook
Baylor Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Personalized experiences Students scan a QR code, creating text that is then illuminated on a 72-foot LED spiral within the interior space.
12-million-pixels An immersive experience unfolds with beam-forming audio and a 360-degree LED wall, showcasing diverse student experiences.
A kaleidoscope effect Mirrors on every wall accompanied by rear projection, display campus scenes complemented by color-shifting LED.

MORE PROJECTS

Orlando International Airport Terminal C Experiential technology transforms an airport terminal into an immersive passenger experience. Learn More
AT&T Discovery District Designing the complete audio, video, control system and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) backbone to transform a city district. Learn More
The Spectacle, MGM Cotai Imagination, creativity and technology are helping to create the most innovative integrated resort in the world. Learn More
Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Passenger-friendly terminals and conveniences are all ‘must haves’ as airports around the world compete for the economic vitality that world-class airports create. Learn More
Summit One Vanderbilt An immersive, multi-sensory observation deck experience, where technology adds a new dimension to stunning cityscapes. Learn More
Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A Multimedia placemaking installations transform the passenger experience and showcase New Jersey as a prime destination for travelers. Learn More
The Stream, Uber's Mission Bay, San Francisco HQ Lobby The Stream inspires Uber employees and visitors with a massive interactive ‘light in motion’ experience. Learn More
The Orbit, HBO Max Retail Experience An immersive world of entertainment served at the speed of light. Learn More
Okta's New York Experience Center A customer experience center that communicates brand values in unique and unexpected ways. Learn More
Digital Media Band at 110 High Street Street-wise digital media band engages visitors, breaking the barrier between building and city. Learn More
Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai Multimedia and interactive technologies help compel visitors to build a commitment to changing living conditions around the world. Learn More
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame A 360⁰ immersive theatre and interactivity bring visitors into the heart of Thoroughbred racing. Learn More

Engage With Us

Let us bring your vision to life.

Let's talk