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Credit: Andy Manis

The Team
AV Integrators: AVI Systems, R2W
AV Consultant:
 Shen Milson Wilke
Architects:
 Ballinger, Uihlein Wilson

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery—which opened December 2010—sits on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It was designed and built to foster a sense of community and collaboration between public and private research institutions. AV integrator and co-Spotlight Award winner AVI Systems had the job of installing audiovisual systems throughout the Institutes’ workspaces, videoconferencing rooms, teaching labs, lounges, boardrooms, and more—$1.5 million worth of AV technology in all. The company based everything on a Crestron Electronics DigitalMedia infrastructure. The system manages, controls, and distributes all digital content—including digital signage—over cost-efficient Category-5e network cabling. It uses Crestron RoomView software for monitoring the AV systems and feeds the information into the building’s facility-management system through a Modbus interface, making the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery a truly integrated building.

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Credit: Alex Simionescu

In a project separate from the building’s overall AV integration, co-Spotlight Award winner R2W built a pair of unique Christie Digital Systems MicroTiles videowalls. One is a 10x4 array with a resolution of 5496x1650; the other is a 17x2 array with a resolution of 9824x866. What makes them unique is that they incorporate touch and gesture interactivity using lasers and infrared cameras. Visitors can view content on the walls and move it around with the swipe of a hand. Each wall required custom glass work over and around the walls. And each uses a Crestron AV2 controller and touch panel to source custom content residing on specially built media servers from Montreal-based Float4 Interactive.