Studio Technology Works for WTMD
Md. — Knock on wood. Or laminate. When you are buying broadcast
furniture, where function is as important as form, the beauty may be
only skin deep.
what to expect is why my company and others advised WTMD(FM) in
Towson, Md., part of Towson University, to use Studio Technology of
Kennett Square, Pa., for their recent project for six studios.
in 1991 by company President Vince Fiola, Studio Technology brings
10,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities and eight staff to the
job of building custom technical furniture and accessories (such as
LCD mounts) for all areas of broadcast facilities, not just the
30+ years of systems integration, I have learned a few things about
quality studio furnishings. When I get called into a project, among
the first questions I ask, “Who is building the furniture?”
proper choice of furniture will make a difference to a project in the
areas of scope, cost and schedule. As an example, does any point
inside the furniture exceed arm’s reach? If so, you may not
be getting your wiring in there efficiently.
first worked with Studio Technology soon after it formed and have
worked with them many times since. WTMD presented some challenges
because the wiring between studios was done by a cabling vendor to
Towson University IT specifications and we had a short schedule. S-T
worked with us to prep for pre-terminated cables without requiring
major surgery on-site.
encountered the “architect’s surprise” wherein furniture was
expected to be supported against fabric-covered walls. Studio
Technology provided detailed drawings to show the general contractor
where blocking was needed. Studio Technology was responsive and
resourceful throughout the project, even driving down some added legs
the same day they were requested.
not every project requires custom furniture, almost every piece
requires some customization. Studio Technology can provide cookie
cutter product; however Vince much prefers, “Let me come down
there,” taking his own photos and measurements, and working
directly with the project team (yes, even the architect!) —
exchanging as much as information as possible. In the words of Fiola,
“We try to listen to what the customer is trying to accomplish …
then do everything we can to provide it.”
example — the typical access door panels used on Studio Technology
furniture are free of protruding hardware. A simple bar supports the
door and four roller catches secure the door. To open, you grasp the
top edge and pull. This reduces unplanned opening, prevents clothing
and headphone cords from being caught and leaves a smooth surface
should the door come in contact with fabric covered surfaces. Hinged
doors in tabletop racks are outfitted similarly, using an
aspects typical of the product are the “punchblock base” that
provides ample mounting space, and provides access from the outside
whenever possible. Openings, big enough to fit in, are provided
throughout or as requested.
forced air brings problems of cost, noise, electrical usage and
maintenance, simple convection cooling using vented access panels is
the standard ventilation method. This is handy when you want to
provide temporary access without leaving it all open.
Technology uses medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to manufacture
countertops, which provides a strong and stable surface. Base
cabinetry is manufactured using 3/4-inch-thick melamine-clad panels
(MCP) so that screws attach securely without going through the other
side. Tops are sectionalized and seams finished on-site when
necessary, such as for Corian.
would not be a stretch to say that Vince’s firm is one of the
biggest mom-and-pop operations in the studio furnishings business,
with repeat business from many of the largest broadcast firms. You
see their products frequently around the Washington/Baltimore area,
at any rate. Studio Technology provides design, construction and
installation nationwide. From my experience, they can build and ship
to you for assembly. They can provide crews to handle assembly and
they will help a customer reuse furniture in instances such as a move
or changing from a cut-out drop-in analog console to a top-mounted
information, contact Vince Fiola at Studio Technology in Pennsylvania
at (610) 925-2785 or visit www.studiotechnology.com.