Princeton University

Taplin Auditorium Renovation

Location: Princeton, NJ
Client:  Office of Design and Construction, Princeton University
Architect:  James Bradberry + Architects

Project Description:

In early 2012, Princeton’s Office of Design and Construction hired Vantage to assess the prestigious Frank E. Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall for a complete renovation of professional sound, audiovisual and broadcasting systems for the University Music Department.

Originally designed by renowned architect Tod Williams, the facility includes rehearsal spaces, a green room, projection and recording booths, and had not received an update since its debut in 1989.  Extreme care was taken to integrate the new systems without disturbing the architectural character and acoustics of the room, and to address the University’s comprehensive departmental needs.

Vantage met with the various Princeton constituencies to determine performance and technical requirements and prepare a budget estimate.  As part of its technical services, Vantage reviewed multiple contractor bids, shop drawings, submittals, samples and all technology-related project documentation.

Installed systems include:

  • L/C/R loudspeaker clusters and 7.1 theatrical surround sound
  • 24-channel front-of-house console / live performance recording
  • HD digital video projection system
  • 32 x 32 HDMI audio/video switching matrix
  • Wired touch panel and wireless iPad control systems
  • ADA-compliant assistive listening system
  • 2-channel wireless intercom system
  • CCTV system for stage/studio recording communications
  • HD videoconferencing
  • Lecture capture and IP streaming
  • Pre-production video editing system
  • New lectern, front-of-house console and booth millwork.
  • All new electrical infrastructure, wiring, equipment racks, connection panels and receptacles.
  • All new electrical infrastructure (designed by Seeler-Smith and Associates)
  • All new LED theatrical lighting system (designed by Robert Davis Inc.)

Vantage also provided acoustical recommendations for modifications to the HVAC system, entryways, and sound isolation recommendations for the rehearsal rooms.

Vantage assisted Princeton from pre-schematic phases through to final completion and dedication in 2013.  The venue is now open and heavily utilized for live performance, studio recording, lecture and classroom activities.


  • AV Programming & Budgeting
  • AV, Sound and Broadcast Systems Design & Specification
  • Construction Administration & Acceptance Testing


  • HD Video Conferencing
  • Lecture Capture & Streaming
  • Live Sound Reinforcement & Studio Recording
  • Large Screen Multimedia Presentation & Speech Support


  • Reinvigorated an underutilized facility for the Music Department
  • Allowed music performance and lectures to be professionally recorded and streamed.
  • Leveraged the venue for general presentation, lecture and classroom use.