University of Charleston

University of Charleston

  • 6x1 banner iwelcome sign and a 3x3 videowall in the entertainment hub
  • Charleston, WV
  • Planar LCD videowalls
  • Crestron Control System
  • Tightrope Media Digital Signage players
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University of Charleston

University of Charleston Opens High Tech ‘Innovation Center’ with two spectacular videowall displays


The University of Charleston (“UC”), formerly Morris Harvey College, is a private accredited university based in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. The university employs a unique outcomes-based model of education whereby students learn and master six competencies by graduation: Citizenship, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Ethical Practice, and Science. There are over twenty undergraduate major programs at UC, with two majors being somewhat unique to the region, with few other colleges offering similar programs: Interior Design and Radiologic Science.



The University of Charleston in West Virginia built a brand new Innovation Center, a dedicated space for students to enjoy live sporting events and connect with their peers. UC wanted to incorporate innovative technology that would truly establish an engaging environment.



The University asked for two attention-grabbing displays that could easily and seamlessly be controlled by staff. After meeting with a few different solutions providers, the University selected Advanced because of our ability to deliver a well-thought out plan that best suited their needs.

During the building process, Advanced worked closely with the Tightrope Media Systems team to design two Planar LCD videowalls: one which hangs as a 6×1 welcome banner at the front entrance, and the other serves as the 3×3 central display fixture in an “entertainment hub” in the building’s atrium.

Planar was the ideal manufacturer for this particular application because of its ability to source power from a distance. With these monitors, the power modules are offloaded into quad controllers, which allows us to install the displays directly against the wall.

This makes them significantly lighter because they have no immediate backing  components. They don’t need to be directly plugged in, thus eliminating the need for on-site outlets. With that being said, we were able to hook up both displays to an  equipment rack in a control room that’s located about 100 feet away. Advanced also  installed a Crestron Control System that allows University staff to control the on/off  displays through a 7” touch panel located at reception.

In addition to being able to control basic functions of the display, they can also control the content’s format. If they’d like the entire display to relay one image, or break it into three different images, they can do so easily. The system gives them complete control over sophisticated functions with the touch of a button.

Since the Innovation Center’s opening, the University has used the displays to relay school-related information, as well as broadcast live sporting events. The 3×3 Planar LCD
videowall in the entertainment hub now acts as the ideal central location for students to watch live sporting events.

The 6×1 banner is the perfect welcome sign, because it could be personalized to the season, game, or event being hosted within the Innovation Center. With Tightrope Media Digital Signage players, key staff members had the flexibility in developing custom sized content, whether it was to display dynamic content such as social media posts, schedules, or stream live videos. Tightrope worked in partnership with the University of Charleston to develop a
custom branded channel for their use and to train them on how to develop their own for future applications.

There are also offers over 40 pre-designed channel templates ready for use out of the box free for Tightrope Media customers. This is to save the clients the hours it would take to develop their own template and give them a great starting point to work from.