CA Ventures

Audio Visual Design Solution for Next Generation Student Housing


CA was founded in 2004 as a niche investor and operator of student apartments near large, top-tier universities. A global leader in purpose-built student accommodations, CA introduced a scalable model for core-infill, pedestrian-oriented student housing in campus-adjacent locations where each community is tailored to the unique needs of the local area.

As an industry pioneer, CA clearly saw that student living demands continue to evolve at an unsurpassed pace as spaces become more and more elaborate. CA sought an experienced AV team that would design and install reliable systems that are easy to use for the occupants and require minimal time and attention from onsite staff. Simply put, Encompass Connect was asked to provide a finished product that “just works,” in addition to 24/7 maintenance. CA couldn’t have found a better partner for the task.

Multi-phase work encompassing 6 different locations
The project encompassed multi-zone audio systems and video wall installation, as well as other AV system enhancements, at six out-of-state student accommodations: at Auburn University in Tuscaloosa, HERE Penn State, Uncommon Reno, and University of Minnesota Dinkytown and 4th St Lofts locations. 
The multi-phase work required constant coordination, planning, communication and collaboration with all stakeholders, including different EC’s and GC’s at every project and ownership.  Some of the prime equipment vendors were Martin Audio and Symetrix. Encompass Connect’s roots in hospitality proved to be extremely valuable, allowing the team to understand and address the demands of installing equipment that was to be used for 10+ hours a day and by many people. Drawing from experience, the team was also able to better support CA occupants’ off-campus activities through thoughtful enhancements for streamlined operational excellence.

“It is always a pleasure to partner with a client who is not only very clear in their expectations, but also open to ideas and enhancements that will make their space better,” said Tim Pickett, President, Encompass Connect.

Addressing Residential Life challenges of Tomorrow
Today, CA Ventures’ locations enjoy unmatched audiovisual systems as well as bespoke enhancements. As COVID-19 has forced millions of students to work, learn and collaborate remotely until further notice, CA student spaces have been fully optimized for remote operation, facilitating uninterrupted virtual meetings, virtual classes/courses, webinars and more.