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A/V: Celebrating A/V 2008

The PRO AV Spotlight Awards highlight the best integration of A/V into design

A/V: Celebrating A/V 2008

The PRO AV Spotlight Awards highlight the best integration of A/V into design

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    Haworth

    One Haworth Center, Holland, Mich. When your client is Haworth, the furniture and workspace experts, you can bet that they will keep an eye on A/V integration. Perkins+Will and Eva Maddox leaned on their integrators to make sure that any equipment blends seamlessly into the spaces. The atrium is dotted with "organic workspaces" that allow for impromptu meetings with complete access to Haworth's central content server.

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    James Klotz Photography

    STATS Sports Restaurant, Atlanta STATS in Atlanta had 150 technicians working through the night to get it ready for opening day (115 wires had to be pulled, terminated, and connected). AVI-SPL, the integrators from Tampa, Fla., were brought in well after the electrician, a problem when clean power has to drive 72 displays plus a boatload of other components. They used power conditioners on each screen, saving the electrician from having to rewire the entire building, though at a cost. Showing sports, though, is easy compared with making a broadcaster or even background music audible. Using a 15-zone audio system that senses the ambient noise in each area, the integrators created a system that adjusts the volume in each zone accordingly now, thats smart technology.

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    Acolyte Photo

    U.S.M.C. Forces Pacific Headquarters Command Operations Center, Honolulu Mission critical may be an understatement for the Marines at these 35 desks. Audio Video Systems (AVS) designed and built the desks to outfit the pre-World War II space to meet post-9/11 needs. Technicians can pull data from a variety of sources and feed it to the 32-foot screen, allowing the Marines to follow leads as a team and update information on the fly. Using six projectors and a processor that blends the edges, AVS overcame the short 50-foot distance between screen and projector without sacrificing quality or having to modify the building.

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    Eric Hausman / Vinci Hamp Architects

    Illinois House and Senate Chambers, Springfield, Ill. Illinois was turning the clock back on its capitol by restoring everything to its 1870s design--complicated enough without throwing in a modern sound and video system. Vinci Hamp Architects tapped Jeffrey Lipp to consult on the A/V system, which they sought to hide in the restored chambers. They succeeded in making the space look like 1870 (save the large LCD screens) while meeting the 2008 needs of the legislature. One of Lipp's tricks: When a senator hits the "Speak" button on his panel, the system focuses a camera on him and turns on his microphone, all automatically. Watch out, C-SPAN.

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    GRAYBOW HD

    Adopt A Room, Minneapolis When Perkins+Will started work on the Adopt A Room prototype for pediatric hospitals, the architects brought the A/V team in from the start. Working with Graybow Communications Group, they created a room entirely controlled by three touchscreens, which can show the child’s chart and info—allowing a nurse to check in without entering the room. The mounted television screens can show a rooftop camera, a gaming system, cable, and DVDs, all in the hope that small diversions can make the hospital visit a little easier. Lighting was another key factor in the design, giving the patient a full spectrum of colors at the touch of a screen.

In this digital age, A/V consultants and integrators are becoming a vital resource for designers. Architects don't look to them anymore as subcontractors; increasingly, they are becoming integral members of the design team, working with the architects to use technology in new and unique ways. ARCHITECT's sister publication PRO AV created the first annual PRO AV Spotlight Awards to promote this kind of work. Churches, hospitals, corporate headquarters, and sports bars are all using audio and video integration in new and exciting ways—and proving how helpful these consultants can be in designing complex buildings.

These 11 projects run the gamut of programs, from a large, utilitarian church to a small and ingenious airport lounge. The First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Md., is part of the new trend of mega-sized houses of worship that use broadcast solutions and high-tech innovations to engage the flock. The 205,000-square-foot building has a concert-grade sound system and a pair of 22-foot screens that give everyone a front-row view. The consultant, RLC Designs, was able to free up the program with more than 300 A/V connection panels throughout the space, creating new options for both architect and client.

Then there is the One World Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport, which aims to occupy travelers between flights. From digital art to zoned music from Prescriptive Music, Gensler looked to its A/V consultants to make the space as comfortable as possible. They also threw in nine, digitally assigned showers—something that might help you recharge before that flight to Tokyo.

PRO AV SPOTLIGHT AWARDS

BEST CORPORATE A/V PROJECT
One Haworth Center, Holland, Mich.
Integrator: AVI-SPL, Tampa, Fla.
Architect: Perkins+Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Chicago

BEST HEALTHCARE A/V PROJECT
Thomas Jefferson University Dorrance
Hamilton Building, Philadelphia
Integrator: AVSG, Broomall, Pa.
Architect: Burt Hill, Philadelphia

BEST HOSPITALITY/RESTAURANT A/V PROJECT
STATS Sports Restaurant, Atlanta
Integrator: AVI-SPL, Tampa, Fla.
Architect: ASD, Atlanta

BEST RETAIL A/V PROJECT
High Desert Harley-Davidson, Meridian, Idaho
Integrator: AAtronics, Boise, Idaho

BEST ENTERTAINMENT/ARTS PROJECT
The Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Integrator: Communications Engineering, Newington, Va.
Consultant: SH Acoustics, Milford, Conn.
Architect: Polshek Partnership Architects, New York

BEST GOVERNMENT A/V PROJECT (STATE & LOCAL)
Illinois House and Senate Chambers, Springfield, Ill.
Integrator: Bennett Electronics, Pontiac, Ill.
Consultant: Lipp A/V Design, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Architect: Vinci Hamp Architects, Chicago

BEST EDUCATION A/V PROJECT
Santa Clara University Learning Commons, Santa Clara, Calif.
Integrator: Riverview Systems Group, San Jose, Calif.
Consultant: The Sextant Group, Pittsburgh
Architect: Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Los Angeles

BEST HOUSE OF WORSHIP A/V PROJECT
First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Integrator: Communications Engineering, Newington, Va.
Consultant: RLC Designs, Glen Burnie, Md.
Architect: HH Architects, Dallas

BEST GOVERNMENT A/V PROJECT (FEDERAL)
U.S. Marine Corps Forces (U.S.M.C.) Pacific
Headquarters Command Operations Center, Honolulu
Integrator: Audio Video Systems, Chantilly, Va.

PRO AV SPOTLIGHT JUDGES' AWARD
OneWorld Lounge, Los Angeles
Integrator: Pro Sound CA, North Hollywood, Calif.
Consultant: Veneklasen Associates, Santa Monica, Calif.
Architect: Gensler

PRO AV SPOTLIGHT JUDGES' AWARD
Adopt A Room, the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital, Minneapolis
Integrator: Graybow Communications Group, Golden Valley, Minn.
Architect: Perkins+Will

Read more about the winning projects and see galleries for each one at PRO AV's website.