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UC Berkeley's New Haas Pavilion
On Friday, October 15, The University of California at Berkeley opened the doors to its new Haas Pavilion for the first time to the general public and student body. The project, which began more than three years ago, transformed the Harmon Gym into a 12,000-seat venue with space allocated for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports. The $35 million architectural redesign was unveiled for the traditional midnight practice of the Bears' men's and women's basketball teams. Scheduled before the legendary basketball practice session, the women's volleyball team competed against Arizona State, making the event the first official sports competition at the Pavilion.
In charge of the facility's pro-audio system design was Paoletti Associates, Inc. of San Francisco who included a Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker system comprised of 18 CQ-2's and 1 CP-10 parametric equalizer.
"We decided to go with a Meyer Sound system based on their excellent reputation for sound clarity and precision coverage," said Gasper Sciacca of Paoletti Associates, Inc.
In charge of installing the new system was Pro Media of El Sobrante.
The renovation, designed by the architectural firm Ellerbe Becket of Minneapolis, increased the height of the structure by 37 feet, and extended the east and west exterior walls by 14 feet, and extended the north and south walls by 8 feet and 1 foot, respectively. Additionally, 1,500 seatbacks were installed, as well as a new 8,000-square-foot VIP room. The firm Ellerbe Becket is known for their work on such renowned facilities as Notre Dame and UCLA.
The first scheduled men's basketball game at Haas Pavilion will be held at 8:00 p.m. on November 27 against Pacific.