A System Fit for a Sports EnthusiastThe client, a high-tech entrepreneur, demanded that Engineered Environments install a system that was state-of-the-art and of premium quality. He wanted a top-of-the-line, integrated control system t 7/05/2006 4:00 AM Eastern
A System Fit for a Sports Enthusiast
Jul 5, 2006 8:00 AM
The following information is courtesy of the 2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.
2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers Choice Awards: Best Intergrated Home
Level VII ($1,000,000-1,750,000)
The client, a high-tech entrepreneur, demanded that Engineered Environments install a system that was state-of-the-art and of premium quality. He wanted a top-of-the-line, integrated control system, sparing no expense. As a “type A” personality, the client wanted to, at a glance, be able to detect the open/close status of windows, doors, and shades, monitor temperatures, see active lighting scenes, and observe where audio and video sources are playing.
The installed system complements the client's multifaceted personality. To satisfy his movie-watching needs, Engineered Environments set up high-definition video distribution of satellite and cable programming, as well as the client's own movie library, throughout the house. To match his sports aficionado lifestyle, the client can watch multiple sporting events simultaneously in his theater, with the ability to easily swap multi-window display formats and send audio to the window of choice with the touch of a button.
The project, like all high-end integration projects, had its share of special considerations and challenges. The client was detail-oriented, so every aspect of the home’s construction and Engineered Environments' installation was scrutinized to the nth degree. The system installation and performance had to meet the client's standards and satisfy his tastes, which included creating a user interface that was intuitive enough so that it could be used without instruction.
As a home in the city, space for equipment was severely limited. To further complicate matters, the client requested that all technology, except the TVs and touchpanels, be hidden from view to maintain the streamlined look of his urban home. Custom square fabric speaker grills were used, at the request of the interior decorator, for the all in-ceiling speakers. And since the client was highly sensitive to noise, cooling fans were made virtually inaudible.
To accommodate the client’s electronic systems requirements, an AMX control system with a total of 14 touchpanels was used to integrate 14 audio zones, 13 flat-panel TVs, lighting control, climate control, security/fire system, surveillance cameras, motorized window treatments, and electric strike locks. High-definition video and digital audio were distributed via matrix switches to every audio zone and TV in the house. A RGB Spectrum Quadview processor combined with advanced AMX programming provided the optimal solution for the sports junkie’s need to view multiple sporting events in HD simultaneously in his theater.
To address the construction and client-related challenges on the project, the Engineered Environments' team made a special effort to work closely with the contractor and design team to coordinate all design and installation details. Similarly, Engineered Environments maintained a close relationship with the client throughout the process to ensure that his needs were being met every step of the way.
|Time and Expertise Worksheet|
|Electronic Design and Engineering:||378|
|Proposal and System Documentation Preparation:||80|
|Shop Time for Racking and Testing:||360|
|Final Installation and Calibration:||235|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company:||0|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others:||0|
|Project Management by Others:||0|
|Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper:||0|
|Total Hours to Complete:||3173|