Designing Government For The People Wylie constituents can interact with city council. Dallas’ Wylie Civic Center recently opened a 45,000-square-foot city hall and city council meeting chamber, augmented with a 44,000-square-foot recreation center and a 47,000-square-foot library. By Dan Daley
High Redundancy, High Reliability Supports Calgary EOC’s vital functions. Calgary, Canada’s Emergency Operations Center is the multi-agency coordination center in any large-scale emergency. Here we explore the high redundancy AV within the center’s 10 rooms. By Jim Stokes
Air Canada’s SOC Takes Off Gestalt is key to system design. Advanced developed a design that supports the conventional network operations center and also lets employees move from the purposely intense environment of the SOC into a completely different setting. By Dan Daley
Business Evolution By Design Franklin Electric’s HQ serves the world. Extensive, diverse, easy-to-use AV, including conferencing, IPTV HD networking, videowalls and interactive touchscreens in various room configurations, are... By Jim Stokes
Close Connections Small business, big video capabilities. Videoconferencing can provide any number of crucial benefits to a business, but smaller organizations often are unable to afford top-of-the-line technology.... By Wendy Ellis
Soccer Challenge Goal: Integrator implements Toyota Field’s AV fiber system network in 10 days. Toyota Field is a soccer-specific stadium with expandable capacity from 8000 to 18,000, which posed a unique challenge to integrate. By Jim Stokes
Winnipeg’s Blue Bombers Kick It Up Stadium’s in-house video: from essentially none to a comprehensive network. The CFL and the University of Manitoba agreed to share construction costs and usage of the $200 million (CD) facility, which included the acoustic challenge of an open-air stadium with a complicated roof structure. By R. David Read
MOA Gets BLU Mall of America’s upscale hotel offers AV services for business and pleasure trippers. The Radisson Blu Hotel is the only hotel physically connected to the MOA, making a strong AV presence vital. By Jim Stokes
From Historic Bank To Modern-Day Eatery BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Pasadena CA features high-end audio and video. The historic bank was transformed into a modern-day dining-out eatery while preserving the look and ambience of the past. By Jim Stokes
AV Offers All The Sports You Can Handle Twin Peaks Restaurant in Phoenix AZ stays on top of technology. CleanMedia’s extensive systems help the bar fulfill its promise to its most loyal sports fans. By Dawn Allcot
AV Takes To The Rails Operation Lifesaver offers installation challenge. Norfolk & Southern Railway installed an extensive AV system into railway cars to support the railway’s Operation Lifesaver program. By R. David Read
Connecting With A President Newest presidential library wows visitors. Exclusive look at the extensive AV technology applications in the innovative exhibits at the Bush Library and Museum in Dallas TX, on the campus of Southern Methodist University. By Judith Rubin
The Big Bang Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, based in Montreal, Canada, spent $6 million on AV. Planetarium systems are a niche where, like any other tightly knit culture, breaking in can be a bit nerve wracking for systems integrators. Modern planetariums achieve the illusion of the universe by utilizing projection platforms that mimic the placement and movement of the stars and planets. By Dan Daley
The House That Pain Built SRB Brooklyn offers vibrant sound in a converted warehouse. SRB night club strives to maintain the high energy level of the Brooklyn NY live music and dance venue via professional sound and lighting systems. By Jim Stokes
DC Law Firm Takes First Step Communicating with 4000 lawyers and 6000 pro staff in 74 offices in 48 countries in the first STEP-accredited project. Baker & McKenzie is a STEP-accredited project, created to effectively implement the power management plan to save energy. A central database captures real-time power statistics for reporting and analysis. By Jim Stokes
American Water Flows Data Managing operations and preparing for the future with AV. Technology contributes to low cost, high quality. American Water transformed how it monitors and manages the security of its operations with two spaces to view data. By Dan Daley
Sub-Zero and Wolf Turn The Heat Up New Dallas showroom features digital AV infrastructure. Sub-Zero and Wolf is launching into the future with digital AV infrastructure at its high-end showrooms. By Shonan Noronha, EdD
No Escaping It Multi-story LED walls draw customers into retail stores. Hawaii's largest travel retailer is creating exciting shopping experiences with the latest visual technologies. By Vince Mitchell
Ovation Hall Revs Up AV ties Revel Resort and Casino performance spaces together. The Revel Resort and Casino's Ovation Hall had to give the casino the flexibility to host a wide range of entertainment types, from music concerts to circus extravaganzas, all while on a budget. By Dan Daley
High Definition Law School Competitive market spurs major application of AV at UNLV's Boyd School. A significant decrease in admissions has sparked increased implementation of advanced AV technology and platforms in education to not only enhance educational productivity, but the schools' competitiveness among peers, as well. By Dan Daley
Culinary & AV Delight Abandoned Niagara Falls mall becomes cooking school. Niagara County Community College's new Culinary Institute location overlooks Niagara Falls and features extensive AV support. By Dawn Allcot
Wallenberg Hall Brings Mission Control To Students Stanford University provides resource-rich learning spaces as part of an engaging learning experience. Stanford's Wallenberg Hall classrooms have been designed and outfitted with... By Dan Nelson, CTS-D, RCDD
Volunteer Friendly, Awe-Inspiring Marion First Church of the Nazarene's new worship center gets versatile AV systems. Special circumstances and a training treat made the move seamless and fun for all involved. By Dawn Allcot
Three Museums Become One Three exhibit teams, eleven halls, one director of technology create a unified result. A three-company design team creates AV technology in five halls of Dallas' new Museum of Nature and Science, a merger of three museums. By Joe Kleiman
How Digital Conversion Freed The Hobbit Multiple formats help create market convergence. We examine how digital technology development has made a first-run distribution and market convergence not only possible, but relatively painless. By Joe Kleiman & Judith Rubin
Naval Command NUWC and SOUTHCOM collaborate on 4K. Multiple advanced visualization systems, including 4K, enhance collaboration at NUWC and SOUTHCOM, and change the way high-resolution visual data is interpreted. By Jim Stokes
Emergency Ops Disaster-proof public safety center can change from classrooms to an EOC in an instant. Greene County MO's disaster-proof Public Safety Center, complete with tornado-proof missile-impact rated windows, uses AV design and integration to cover and protect an... By Jim Stokes
Medical Research Advances IU Health Neuroscience Center standardizes AV. AIndiana University (IU) Health Neuroscience Center's Goodman Hall, a first-of-its kind facility in the state, standardizes AV and serves a six-level, 270,000-square-foot clinical... By Jim Stokes
D&A Harmony AMEC Oil & Gas Americas Goes Digital, Keeps Analog In The Mix. AMEC Oil & Gas Americas needed to upgrade and simplify its AV systems for two different Houston locations. IAV was tasked to find a solution that moved the client into digital technology, while... By Jim Stokes
Audio For Titans LP Field's audio systems complement the NFL team's outdoor video display. The Tennessee Titans' open-air, natural-grass NFL stadium in Nashville TN was given an audio design and installation facelift. By Jim Stokes
Home Court Advantage UTA CPC's video and audio enhance multipurpose venue. Whether it's a replay on the scoreboard monitors or a last-second "Hail Mary" throw, sound reinforcement for a concert or an up-close shot of a world-famous speaker, the audience won't miss anything thanks to Arlington TX-based College Park Center (CPC) AV systems. By Jim Stokes
Changing Needs Mullins Center upgrade at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus presents challenges. Acentech, the venue's original consulting and design firm, brings the facility up to today's standards for theatrical events, convocations, concerts and more. By Dawn Allcot
Penn State University Installs Major Upgrades Connectivity to multiple athletic venues is key. Challenging audio/video and IT connectivity issues, ranging from infrastructure cabling to support of an HD system and fiberoptic backbone, made Penn State University's backend installation an interesting project. By Jeff Volk, CTS, & Chris Sullivan
Overnight Success Delicious Heights, Too, completes its AV installation before lunch. When Delicious Heights, Too, updated its AV and control systems, management told systems integrator 360 Media Innovations that they could not lose a minute's worth of business, and that the project had to be completed overnight. By Dan Daley
Jersey Shore Competition Videowall sets East Coast Cookery apart. East Coast Cookery, facing competition from surrounding venues, commissioned Serious Audio Video to come up with a cinemassive solution to set the sports bar/restaurant apart. By Dawn Allcot
Control System Testing Early, complete communication is essential.
The user interface is arguably the most important component to any AV system. It is imperative that every single button does exactly what it is supposed to do, whether its function is obvious or not. By James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQT
Set Free Busch Gardens Iceploration demonstrates advances in projection mapping. At the Iceploration Show in Busch Gardens' Moroccan Palace theater, ice skating, multimedia, puppetry and aerial acrobatics come together to tell the story of a teenager and his grandfather as they set out on a journey around the globe. By Martin J. Palicki
All That Jazz New Orleans Jazz Theater, in the old US Mint, required special handling when it came to sound. With the addition of a Jazz Theater on the third floor of the Old US Mint, acoustically the best option for the space given the room's dimensions and its proximal parallel surfaces with their potential for flutter echo, treatment tactics were critical.. By Dan Daley
Recreating Pearl Harbor Immersive AV brings Hawaii to New England through audio, video, lighting and water effects. The outdoor environment of Battleship Cove, the Falls River MA maritime museum that recently launched the Pearl Harbor Experience exhibit, made the work more challenging than most theme park or museum projects. By Dawn Allcot
KEI HQ Enhances Communication Facility upgrades audio and video capabilities. With the help of Genesis Technology, the Korean Economic Institute upgraded and expanded to provide more effective communication for the organization's various US/Korea and corresponding international relations. By Jim Stokes
Family Owned Small Town Sophistication Hartville Hardware is far from a small-town AV installation. Woody's Music Audio/Video helped transform Hartville Hardware's AV system from small town charm to the needs of its new 285,000-square-foot facility. By Jim Stokes
Performing Arts Center Quality TJ Concert Hall Auditorium installs AV systems that would make many performing arts centers envious. Joplin MO's Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School's facility demonstrates AV opportunities in the K-12 segment. By Dan Daley
Theater AV Flexibility Acoustics and sightlines are keys to Minneapolis' multifaceted New Century Theatre.transformed and is home to several innovative venues, including the New Century Theatre, a multifunctional main floor theater featuring extensive audio, video and lighting. By Jim Stokes
Audio In The Clouds University of South Florida's performance spaces strike a balance between acoustics and electronics. BAI LLC helped University of Florida create an acoustical environment for many types of music, including some that combines acoustics and electronics. By Dan Daley
Medical Training Is Going The Distance WNSS brings immersive VTC experience to Dalhousie Medicine. Westbury National Show Systems provided Dalhousie University with immersive educational videoconferencing to expand its medical education program. By Dan Daley
Don't Shrink The Screen... Move The Wall! ICB Audio transforms the Carl H. Lindner College of Business auditorium.’ ICB Audio incorporated HD projection and videoconferencing for a connected learning environment for the Carl H. Linder College of Business auditorium. By Dan Daley
Ski Light High and low voltage combine at Mountain Creek Ski Resort. Assurity Design Group saved energy and labor costs for The Mountain Creek Ski Resort, while addressing safety with new lighting and AV systems. By Don Kreski
Future-Proofing Worship AV Crossings Community Church is ‘ready for anything.’ Partnering with Clark and Acoustic Dimensions, Crossings Community Church upgraded AV systems in its 12-year-old sanctuary. By Dawn Allcot
Cathedral Of St. Josephs's Rebrith Systems comprise Monte Bros.' 'most complex ever.' Cathedral of St. Joseph hired Monte Bros. Sound Systems to create a sound system for its wide range of worship services
and complex floor plan. By Jim Stokes
What Shape Are You In? 'Catch me if you can' isn't the way to go. A zero-defects installation requires everyone on the design team to perform; how well prepared are you and your team for this? By Mario Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CVE
4D Comes Of Age Capitol Theatre and the Museum of Discovery
and Science apply today's technology. Mad Systems and Artisan Design apply 4D technology to offer a creative audience experience at The Capitol Theatre (Edmonton, Alberta) and the Everglades Airboat Adventure. By Joe Kleiman & Judith Rubin
Night Life AV Sound, lights and video combine in 21 Bar at Caesars Atlantic City. Aurora Sound & Light Design merged sound, lights and video for after-hours denizens at the 21 Bar add-on to the Dusk nightclub inside Caesars Atlantic City. By Jim Stokes
LAFD Dispatch Center's Three Rs Reliability, resiliency and robustness of the AV are key. The Los Angeles Fire Department chose Spectrum ITC Group to serve as the AV solutions architect for its facility-wide AV technology vision, strategy, design and control system interface look and feel throughout the multi-year project. By Jim Stokes
Send In The Marines' AV TI provides 'best value' for MARSOC's $7.5 million AV system. USMC's new Special Operations Command Center was a design/build proposition that put AV systems integrator Technical Innovation close to a complex project and helped win the battle on the programming front. By Dan Daley
Exploring 21st Century Health Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Center for Total Health educates with immersive AV. AV systems integrator Electrosonic provided Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Center for Total Health with the needed technology to make its corporate message fully transparent. By Dan Daley
Eco-Challenge Discovery Market's Super Eco Shopper game decentralizes technology. BBI Engineering provided the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana CA with the technology to create its Eco Challenge exhibit to educate about ways to conserve resources. By Martin Palicki
Early Adopter AstraZeneca Upgrades Advanced AV replaces digital signage, audio. Technology in the digital signage industry advances quickly and, West Chester PA-based AstraZeneca, an early DS adopter, called on integrator Advanced AV to revamp their system to the next...
By Dawm Allcot
Sharper Focus At FIU’S SIPA AVI-SPL integrates AV in large educational facility. One of the 25 largest universities in the nation, the School of International and Public Affairs of Florida International University received an AV upgrade from Miami FL-based AVI-SPL...
By Jim Stokes
Live Music Gets Smaller Proliferation of mid-sized venues creates opportunities for
sound, lighting and video. As the music industry shifts from arenas to mid-size venues, the sound and light systems there are getting better–a trend AV systems integrators will want to take note of...
By Dan Daley
Intimidation Factor In The Big House Michigan's venerable football stadium gets a new round of AV updates. The largest stadium in the US and the third largest in the world, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor's Stadium gets a new round of technology updates...
By Dan Daley
Four star AV Peabody Orlando undergoes $450 million expansion/renovation. The Peabody Orlando received a $450 million expansion/renovation from AVI-SPL featuring 1000 ceiling speakers, digital signage, videoconferencing and wireless internet. By Jim Stokes
Raising the bar Innovation at restaurant/lounge/sports bar satisfies customers. JD Systems played a critical role in the design and creation of sports bars such as Central Park in Union County NJ; the audio and video allows fans to feel as if they are a part of the action. By Dawn Allcot
Screen Culture Museum of the Moving Image is a multifunctional space. The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria NY has undergone
a ground floor redesign, and three-story addition, doubling the
size of the existing building. By Jim Stokes
Walsh Group Goes Green (Again) AV is part of construction company HQ’s LEEDS Platinum plan. SOCB's design transformed a concrete-framed, brick-clad structure in Chicago's West Loop into a 60,350-square-foot (potential) LEED Platinum building. By Jim Stokes
Haute Couture With Video Displays elegance at Calvin Klein flagship store. Inside its Madison and Fifth Avenue NYC location, the high-end Calvin Klein Collection has set a trend of elegance with a simple, yet sophisticated, videowall for other markets to pursue. By Shonan Noronha, EdD
Opening Night Drama Celebration Music Theatre comes alive just in time. A classic "behind-the-stage curtains" drama told from the integrator and venue perspectives, following AV design/install company Commercial Audio's work on the new Celebration Music Theatre in Surfside Beach SC. By Jim Stokes
AV Meets Fine Art Crocker Museum paints a distinctive picture. Effectively incorporating aesthetic concerns in the AV components integration process, an extensive audiovisual install complements the Sacramento CA-based Crocker Art Museum's 125,000-square-foot expansion. By Jim Stokes
Symphony In A Gym O'Reilly Family Event Center ups technology factor. Drury University's new sports arena hosts everything from Division 2 collegiate basketball games to symphonies and comedy shows. By Dawn Allcot
Audio Heaven Third Church ascends to new technological heights. Third Church, a traditional Presbyterian house of worship in Rochester NY, underwent a $5.4 million, 10-month renovation encompassing a revamped sanctuary and new sound systems. By Dawn Allcot
Spirits Soar Church of the Highlands' flexible AV is praiseworthy. Flexibility characterizes the AV and lighting install in the new multi-purpose theater at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham/Grants Mill AL. By Jim Stokes
Small Budget Challenge Sea Coast Grace Church achieves full AV complement with room to grow. When the contemporary Christian Sea Coast Grace Church in Cypress CA completed its new sanctuary, the church got the most value for its dollar with separate designers, installers and... By Dawn Alcot
92 Seconds On Skull Island AV technology helps create King Kong 360 3-D at
Universal Studios Hollywood. King Kong 360 3-D, an immersive, multimedia experience, features a gigantic 3D projection system with two 187-foot-wide
by 40-foot-high screens within a football-field-sized soundstage. By Judith Rubin
Explorers Wanted NASA's Exploration Space is a model of modularity and nonverbal presentation. An exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Cape Canaveral FL, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted, seeks to stimulate visitors' imaginations by combining live theater, interactive exhibits and projected media. By Judith Rubin
An Odd Year AV applications expand attendance over traditional thrill rides. While the US economy sputtered along, and more traditional parks offering basic thrill rides had a challenging year, two powerhouse theme park entities unveiled block-buster, AV-infused attractions. By Martin Palicki
‘Envisioning’ Excellence Chicago Microsoft Technology Center gets a reboot. Ravenswood Studio provides environmental design work and experiential settings for hundreds of customers, as varied as The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago...
Seal Of Honor Heritage Center is a tribute to Navy special forces. The new Navy SEAL Heritage Center (SHC) had its official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 28 at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in...
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HD Stadium Converged network enables
to host the New York Giants and Jets. The New Meadowlands Stadium is the first in the United States built to serve as the home field for two National Football...
Conference In Comfort Green Bay’s Comfort Suites/Rarden Hotel
blends sight, sound, hospitality. With more than 20,000 square feet of conference/meeting and banquet space, the Comfort Suites/Rock Garden Hotel and...
Tasty & Tantalizing Park East sushi restaurant/sports bar features unique flavor. What happens when renowned nightclub owners decide to open a sports bar, and call on experts in nightclub sound system design and sports bar video systems to help create the...
BWW Gives You Wings Buffalo Wild Wings opts for hot technology. From CNN news to ESPN sports to NTN trivia, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) offers a plethora of media choices along with a bar and a restaurant for friends and family to...
Start Your Engines Lewin Group’s technology brings people together. AV is right at home in the brand new NASCAR Hall
of Fame in Charlotte NC. The sights and sounds
of stock car racing are brought to...
We're All Connected Lewin Group’s technology brings people together. As telecommuting becomes more common as a way for employers to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint—taking one step closer to a “green” office...
‘Like No Other Store’ Bloomingdale’s flagship store AV lives up to its slogan. This time, in line with the issue’s theme of Retail Environments, we’re detailing the evolution of three in-store, first-floor display areas within a first-floor renovation...
History Repeats Itself Refurbished St. George Theatre updates old-world opulence. When they enter the 2800-seat auditorium for a show, visitors to the newly refurbished St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY...
World Class Opera Dallas’ Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre refine fine arts. The construction of a “from the ground up” opera house is a rare occasion, and particularly so in the United States. Dallas TX embarked on such an endeavor and...
Swiss Army Auditorium MSU’s Ostrander Auditorium’s AV meets multiple needs. The room really has to be a Swiss Army Knife to be able to do all the various things that happens in there,” declared Scott Hagebak, Operations Director of Centennial Student Union (CSU)...
Planning Success University of Ottawa’s multimedia renovation. A multimedia renovation involving three identical classrooms and a videoconferencing classroom within the Lamoureux building, home of the Faculty of Education...
Elevated Spirits Elevation Church goes from portable to permanent. Elevation Church, a multisite house-of-worship venue, achieves a more consistent performance from newly installed audiovisual systems in its first permanent location in a Charlotte NC suburb...
Closer To Heaven Smoky Hill Vineyard Church reaches the heights of AV. Wobbling projectors, disastrous wiring and lack of adequate routing were some of the major foibles that Logic Integration (Englewood CO) corrected with its new...
The Integration Of Church And State Renovated 113-year-old Novato City
Council Chambers building gets new life. The City of Novato sits 25 miles north of San Francisco CA. With a population just under 50,000 people...
Elvis Lives Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS channels the King. At the new Cirque du Soleil show, Viva ELVIS, there is a similar undercurrent of concern: People want to be sure that this is the show Elvis would have wanted...
4D History World War II Museum takes us ‘Beyond All Boundaries.’ Visitors to the World War II Museum in New Orleans LA might be amazed to find such a technology-laden attraction amid all the battered relics...
Oasis Of The Seas How to build a mixed-use entertainment
complex in a floating metal shell. In the world of themed entertainment development, there is
a tendency mentally to partition off the cruise ship industry...
Supreme Court Challenge Minnesota’s highest court modernizes AV communications. Our stereotypes of courtrooms might envision that they
are cut-and-dried operations, more out of the film versions
of Charles Dickens and...
Digital Signage For Olympic Masses Vancouver’s SkyTrain soars with new display systems. Twice every four years—in the Summer and Winter—an opportunity arises for commercial systems integrators to contribute to history as part of the team that builds...
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Protect And Serve Dallas Police Fusion Center gets technology refresh. Are you ready for some police action? We’ve got it for you: a bank robbery, an ATM break-in, possible terrorism and more. Is it a TV cop show or a high-tension movie?
Advancing Healthcare AV brings Washington State University’s
Nursing Program to life. Washington State University’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing (ICN) has a new facility on the Riverpoint campus in Spokane.
Fertile Territory Specialty Fertilizer Products 'grows'extensive AV capabilities. A song from a famous musical begins, "Everything's up to date in Kansas Vity. They've gone about as far as they can go. "And the lyric aptly applies to the world's largest LCD flat-panel screen...
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After Design And Installing, What's Next? Commissioning the installation plays an important role. “Commissioning is a systematic process of ensuring that the building systems perform according to the design intent...
Texas-Sized Grandeur Everything’s bigger in the Cowboys’ eye-popping stadium. Located deep in the heart of Texas and as big as the Lone Star state’s vast real estate, the brand new $1 billion-plus Dallas Cowboys Stadium is by far the largest, AV advanced sports..
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Hoosier Basketball Landmark Butler U’s Hinkle Fieldhouse nails an acoustical slam dunk. Never let it be said that the residents of Indiana don’t take their basketball games seriously.