Montclair State University’s New School of Communication and Media Combines Technology and Collaboration to Focus on Education’s Future

by Sony Pro Team 09/20/2017, in Press, Sony Professional, Education, Production

Sony Electronics, with Partners KMH Integration, CTCI and CCI, Complete Design & A/V System Installation for Nation’s Most Technologically Advanced University Media Production Facility

Montclair State University School of Communication and Media


Montclair, N.J., Sept. 20, 2017 — Montclair State University’s new School of Communication and Media officially opened its doors for the start of the 2017 fall semester, giving its students access to the most technologically advanced broadcast and media production facility at any university in the nation.


A highlight of the building is the first end-to-end 4K broadcast production studio and control room in higher education. Additional spaces include production facilities, screening rooms, theaters and classrooms outfitted with Sony 4K and HD professional technology, ranging from studio cameras, production switchers and monitors to robotic cameras, laser and digital cinema projectors.


Designed with the goal of providing a collaborative, “active learning” environment from the classroom to the field, the facility features broadcast-ready newsrooms, high-tech multimedia labs, informal learning spaces and team rooms. Configured to foster creative teamwork, the new building’s capabilities span every aspect of contemporary communications and media: from film and digital production to online content creation and social media integration.


The 105,000-square-foot facility is the first result of Sony’s long-term alliance with Montclair State, planned to cover a range of future campus projects.  Sony led the design and integration of the project, working closely with its technology partners KMH Integration, CTCI and CCI.


Having access to professional-grade products – from Sony and complementary manufacturers across the A/V spectrum — will enable Montclair State students and faculty to engage in a more dynamic and fulfilling educational experience, and fully ensure students are prepared for their future careers in the communications and digital media industries.


“We don’t just want our students to get their first job, we want them to thrive in their first job,” said Keith Strudler, director of the School of Communication and Media. “Students enter the classroom today with an entirely new currency of knowledge and vastly different sets of skills than they might have 10 years ago. When you build new production and learning spaces to meet these needs, you have to build to future standards, and we have. The control rooms, production labs, cameras and studio technologies, thanks to our partnership with Sony, are beyond anything we could really even have imagined a few years ago.”


“Each space in the new facility is meant to give the most accurate representation of the media and communications workplaces students will encounter when they graduate, with real-world workflows and production requirements,“ said Theresa Alesso, vice president of Sony’s Solution Services Group. “This new building delivers the right combination of technology and collaboration needed for the future of education.”


The 4K studio and control room is modeled after the same motion picture and TV studios using Sony 4K cameras. In the presentation hall, six robotic BRC-H900 cameras can be controlled from the mini control room located in the back of the house, similar to the connectivity in any working presentation space. Sony’s Optical Disc Archive is used to store and archive student projects and the PWS-4500 4K server records and distributes student-produced content. Sony and its partners also worked to ensure that the new facility had a flexible enough infrastructure to accommodate future growth and the addition of new technologies.


“The nature of broadcast and production technology is that it is constantly evolving with advancements that deliver greater levels of integration, ease of use and immediacy,” said Kevin Henneman, president of KMH Integration, a leading technology innovator working in the education segment. “For years we have heard about the convergence of IT systems and workflows with traditional broadcast and production. Montclair State’s new school of communication offers a true juxtaposition of these technologies, rendering an integrated and seamless experience for budding professionals and their audiences while deploying the very best of broadcast technology.”


Key Features of Montclair State’s New School of Communication and Media:

  • Four broadcast-ready HD and 4K studio and control rooms boast the most extensive implementation of 4K technology at any North American university
  • Contemporary, broadcast-ready newsroom built to integrate media platforms
  • A 187-seat presentation hall powered by Sony Digital Cinema Projection and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
  • A 40-seat screening room powered by Sony Digital Cinema Projection and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
  • A motion picture stage
  • Interactive, collaborative learning spaces
  • Multimedia labs
  • Advanced audio suite featuring Foley stage, performance stage and audio sound labs
  • State-of-the-art radio control rooms
  • Inviting public spaces, as well as informal learning spaces and team rooms


Media contacts:

Montclair State University

Media Relations, 973-477-0257


Sony Electronics

Tom Di Nome, 201-930-6357


KMH Integration

Tim O’Malley, 203-627-9240