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THE ZEBRA HAS VERY SOPHISTICATED A/V STRIPES

zebra_office.JPGSUWANEE, GEORGIA – MARCH 2009: Zebra Construction Company, Inc. is a concrete and masonry subcontracting firm that focuses on the education and correctional facilities markets and has much more than a catchy name – it has a prime location near Atlanta, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. With the increased business, owner Chip Kessler knew that the company had outgrown its existing facilities, both in terms of limited physical space and an unsophisticated A/V system that failed to project the company’s professionalism to current and prospective clients. Rather than renovate, Kessler’s opted to build a new facility and hired dB Audio & Video, an Atlanta area-based integrator, to make its A/V system shine.

Two of the paramount requirements of the new Zebra facility were a better training facility for employees and the ability to deliver more impressive and comprehensive presentations to clients. Satisfying those requirements would demand complex, but easy to operate, A/V systems in the training room, Kessler’s office, the Boardroom, a “war room,” and the executive offices. Neil Philpott (dB’s Systems Advisor), Barry Shields (dB’s Staff Designer/Programmer), and Crestron master programmer Kalonji Nicholson (of the Atlanta-based Integrated Solutions & Software, Inc.) rose to the challenge.

Although the team delivered sophisticated functionality with an amazingly intuitive interface in all of the rooms, they were especially proud of the systems in the training room and Kessler’s office. The training room contains two Panasonic PT-D5000U DLP wide screen projectors on a custom-built ultra-wide screen. The two sides of the screen can display the same image or two independent images. The presenter stands at a Soundcraft 4848V custom multi-media wooden lectern where a Crestron DTT-15V3 DualTouch Technology touch panel controls all the technologies in the room.

zebra_equipment.JPGThe functionality afforded the presenter is impressive. Through dual windows on the touch panel, generated by a Crestron UPX-2-1GB Universal Presentation Processor, the presenter can preview all video sources before sending them to the screen and has the option of annotating to the screen by writing directly on touch panel. The annotations can later be stored or printed. Additionally, the presenter controls a Denon DN-V310 DVD player, a Tascam CC-222SL CD recorder (for recording a presentation), and the channels of two satellite systems. The touch panel provides volume control for the Bi-Amp Nexia CS audio system, two wireless mics, and a Sennheiser i42-C lectern mic. Presenters can use a dedicated presentation computer or they can plug a laptop directly into the system.

In addition to the many standard features of a boardroom control system, Kessler’s office has audio and video firepower worthy of the very best home theater systems. “We began with the idea that Chip’s office would be used, not only business conferences with his executive and support staff but, as a place where his clients and business associates could meet on less formal occasions,” said Philpott. “We built a system that would make any A/V audiophile junkie drool!”

In the meeting area of the office, a fifty-inch 1080P HD Panasonic TH-50PH10UK plasma TV with speakers allows Kessler to view his desk computer and satellite feeds. The opposite end of the office houses the Denon 5.1 AVR988P surround sound system with loudspeakers from Danley Sound Labs: two SH-100Bs and one SH-95 for the front channels and two SH-100s for rear channels. A Danley DTS-20 subwoofer (nicknamed “Tower of Power”) generates thundering bass down to 16Hz. Digital Projection’s iVision 30-1080p-XL projects onto a 116-inch wide Da-Lite screen with High Contrast DaMat screen material to deliver full high-definition native 1080P video. Content from the system’s HD satellite feed or from its LG BH200 Super Blu-Ray disc player is stunning. A Crestron ST-1700C color touch panel with ST-DSN docking station gracefully controls all the systems in Kessler’s office, including lighting. A 2-Series CP2E control system with CNRFGWA one-way remote RF receiver make the touch panel wireless for convenient control from anywhere in the room.

Zebra delivers presentations to current and potential clients in the boardroom, and the seamless presentation of proposals was paramount. A Crestron MC2E control system with a QM-MD5X1 distribution center is operated from a QM-FTCC-TPS4-B QuickMedia(r) flip-top touch panel computer center mounted into the boardroom table. Computer graphics project onto a 16′ x 9′ screen using Smart Board 690 technology and a Panasonic PT-FW100NTU widescreen projector. A wireless keyboard and mouse makes simple and clean presentations possible from anywhere in the room. As in the training room, presentations may be annotated and saved.

Rack-mounted video sources and video inputs to the flip-top box send picture-perfect 720P projections to a retractable screen. The audio source switching passes through the Crestron system to a Symetrix 322 DSP, which in turn feeds a QSC RMX850 amplifier. A well-distributed system of Atlas FAP42T ceiling speakers (and one FAPSUB subwoofer) ensures that each participant hears the presentation clearly.

The A/V systems in the remaining rooms are simpler, though no less elegant. Zebra created the “War Room” for internal company presentations and Philpott provisioned it with a Smart Board 690 for easy presentations and annotations. A Panasonic 42-inch 10 Series HD plasma screen sits in each Executive office for the purpose of viewing either 720P/1080i video from the satellite system or computer graphics for small meetings.

No matter the space, the appropriate A/V technology has been meticulously designed and implemented to ensure that Zebra Construction’s business flows as smoothly and profitably as possible. And this is no small feat since Zebra Construction was named second fastest growing Concrete Contractor in America by Concrete Construction Magazine.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Tom Danley is one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. His legendary designs have been utilized in projects ranging from ground zero bombing simulation, jet engine active noise cancellation, and sonic boom generators to critical listening mastering studios, high-end home theatre, and houses of worship around the world.

Danley Sound Labs • www.danleysoundlabs.com
dB Audio/Video • www.dbaudioandvideo.com

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