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American Institute for Architects Offers Assistive Listening with Listen Technologies System

Portland Center for Architecture Gallery RoomThe American Institute for Architects of Portland, Oregon is ensuring that any guests needing auditory assistance at events at its new Center for Architecture will have that need met with a Listen Technologies assistive listening system.

The American Institute for Architects chapter in Portland is the 16th largest chapter in the country. Recently the chapter needed a new space where they could bring people together for exhibitions, continuing education, and other functions.

The AIA’s search led them to an old building in the Pearl district of Portland. The chapter set to work designing a space that would be ideal for meetings, education and public gatherings. The main floor of the building, covering approximately 5,000 square feet, was divided into two sections. Half is devoted to a staff area and board meeting space; the other half is set up as an open room “gallery? that can be used as a gathering place for meeting, educational events, and exhibitions.

As a nonprofit organization, the AIA chapter asked for corporate help wherever possible to keep costs to a minimum. Listen Technologies assisted the AIA with the purchase of an FM assistive listening system for the facility, and system integrator Spectrum Systems Design donated the overall AV system design and integration.

For the “gallery? area, Spectrum Systems Design’s Lindsey McGill installed a Listen LT-800 Stationary FM Transmitter with the LA-122 Universal Antenna Kit. LR-400 Portable Display FM Receivers are available to visitors needing auditory assistance. “I’ve dealt with Listen many times,? says McGill, “and as always the system installed easily and worked great.?

The “gallery? space in the Center for Architecture is in constant use, says Saundra Stevens, AIA Executive Director. “In addition to music, we are doing continuing education in that space for AIA members throughout Oregon,? she says. “An assistive listening system was very important to our plans for using the space. We have events in here that hold anywhere from 20 people up to over 100 (standing room only) for any number of events. The system from Listen Technologies enables our membership and the people we’ve invited to attend, whether it’s a film, lecture or continuing education, to be able to hear properly. We are pleased to have that ability.? Stevens says that as word spreads through the community that auditory assistance is available, more people are likely to attend events at the center.

About American Institute of Architects
Since 1857, the AIA has represented professional interests of America’s architects. As AIA members, over 81,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities. For more information on the AIA visit www.aiaportland.org.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products used in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.800.330.0891, or visit www.listentech.com.

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