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Incorporating AV While Preserving the Look and Ambiance of a Rocky Mountain Home

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The following information is courtesy of the 2008 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.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level IV: $330,000 – $355,000
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Date design began: 02-22-06
Date installation was completed: 12-01-07

FEATURE ESSAY

1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The client’s home is located near wilderness areas high in the Rocky Mountains. The natural setting and active client lifestyle dictates an engineering goal that preserves safe, seamless transitions between the picturesque landscapes, the pleasures of a restful luxurious design, and the vibrancy of multi-tasking family members.

2. Did you encounter any challenges or limitations that required special consideration in the design of the system or placement of equipment? Please describe the control system.

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The entire first floor is built on slab. Virtually all wire runs travel through ceiling joists, iron support beams, and framing. All operating equipment is located at one end of the open floor plan, necessitating lengthy wire runs and slow laborious pulls. Consequently, the most difficult challenge was the architectural structure itself. The client required that equipment be installed in a single location in order to preserve the look and ambiance of the home. Great care was necessary while wiring through confined spaces and challenging construction obstacles. These spatial limitations dictated that the finished, centrally located design solution house all the equipment inside two racks within a confined space.

3. Discuss the overall plan you created to accomplish the clients’ requirements.

We provided the client with sixty questions covering whole-house music systems, home theater, lighting control, automated window coverings, security/CCTV, HVAC, and television data/telephone distribution. Their answers were the basis for additional discussion with the client, architect, interior designers and lighting designers leading to the final functional and aesthetically pleasing design fitting the client’s needs and budget. The home control system is designed for complete accessibility at private, selective areas and limited, local control to guest quarters and public rooms in the home. At client-requested locations, controls provide easy monitoring and operation of low-voltage systems including music, temperature, security, surveillance cameras, shade and lighting control, and video sources. At other locations, controls are localized specifically for operation in single rooms only. Five different Crestron interfaces are installed, but programmed to provide an easy to use, consistent feel. The system provides whole-home control and automation while allowing guests easy operation of individual and local sub-systems.

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4. Describe the five most used functions of the system and how they benefit the client.

a. A 10-camera CCTV system and multiple Crestron touchscreens provide parents with peace of mind about the safety and location of their active children inside the home and outdoors. The high resolution camera and intercom systems provide rapid viewing of unexpected events and the ability to react to incidents. Special consideration was given to help the family discriminate between wildlife such as frequent mountain lions, coyotes, occasional bears, and the playful movements of an exploratory family dog.

b. Eleven Crestron touchscreens deliver music from the comprehensive family collection throughout the interior rooms, including exercise gym, kitchen, home office, children’s spaces and outdoor garden terrace, satisfying the client’s desire to select audio mood and tempo appropriate to the activities in each room.

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c. The home video system uses five satellite receivers, two cable set-top boxes, and two DVD players enabling all members of the family to watch whatever they wish, whenever they wish, and wherever it is convenient.

d. All security sensors can be monitored from any Crestron touchscreen keeping family members informed on the status of multiple alarm zones. The system is designed for convenience, providing users with the ability to make swift, appropriate decisions and take necessary action. The family is reassured by a tremendous peace of mind knowing they are safe within their home.

e. Interior and exterior lighting paths and scenes with dimming capabilities provide safety and conserve energy for the family. Vantage keypads and Crestron touchscreens allow clients to monitor and adjust lighting scenes and create ambiance enhancing activities indoors and outdoors.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Furman
Model#: Elite-15i
Product Description: Surge Protector/AC Conditioner

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Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Furman
Model#: Elite-20 PF i
Product Description: Surge Protector/AC Conditioner

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-SPWS300
Product Description: 300W Cresnet Power Supply

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: Pro2
Product Description: Professional Dual Bus Control System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-IADS30X24
Product Description: Intercom Audio Distribution Switcher

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CDN-IVDS24X24
Product Description: Intercom Video Distribution Switcher

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNX-BIPAD8
Product Description: CAT5 Audio Distribution Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: ST-COM
Product Description: 2 COM Port Module

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Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-TXM
Product Description: XM Satellite Radio Tuner

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: AAS-4
Product Description: 4 Stream Adagio Audio Server

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: DVD-S2700
Product Description: DVD-Audio/Video and SACD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Parasound
Model#: Model 7100
Product Description: THX Ultra2 Surround Sound Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Parasound
Model#: Model 5125
Product Description: 5-Channel Power Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Parasound
Model#: Model 2125
Product Description: 2-Channel Power Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNAMPX-16X60
Product Description: 16-Channel Multi-Room Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNX-PVID8X4
Product Description: Video Distribution Switcher

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Dedicated Micros
Model#: DS2 – PDIT/16
Product Description: 16-Channel Surveillance Camera DVR

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: RDR-GXD455
Product Description: DVD Recorder w/HD Tuner

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: RX-V2700
Product Description: 7.1 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: DirecTV
Model#: HR-20 100S
Product Description: DirecTV HD DVR Receiver

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Motorola
Model#: DCH-6416
Product Description: Digital Cable HD DVR Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: RCA
Model#: DVR40
Product Description: DirecTV SD DVR Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: DirecTV
Model#: D11
Product Description: DirecTV SD Receiver

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: DirecTV
Model#: H21-200
Product Description: DirecTV HD Receiver

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNXRMCLV
Product Description: Enhanced Room Solution Box

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-IIF
Product Description: Intercom Interface

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-HBLOCK
Product Description: Multi-Type Cresnet Distribution Block

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sim2
Model#: Grand Cinema C3X Lite
Product Description: DLP Projector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Draper
Model#: Onyx 106 Diagonal
Product Description: 106

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: BT1
Product Description: Music & Cinema Loudspeaker

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: BT1100
Product Description: 300W 12

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: VRi560
Product Description: In-Wall Surround Speaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: VRi593
Product Description: In-Wall Surround Speaker

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-8X
Product Description: Isys i/O™ 8.4

Qty: 11
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-TSTAT
Product Description: Heating/Cooling Thermostat

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-RTHS
Product Description: Remote Temperature & Humidity Sensor

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: NuVision
Model#: NVX32HDUM01
Product Description: 32

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: NuVision
Model#: NVX37HDU2
Product Description: 37

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
Model#: MX-850
Product Description: RF/IR Programmable Remote Control

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: WPR-48
Product Description: Waterproof Handheld Remote w/Docking Station

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNRFGWA
Product Description: 434MHz 1-Way RF Gateway

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
Model#: MRF-300
Product Description: Addressable RF Base Station

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Niles
Model#: RCA-SM
Product Description: IR Repeating Kit

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: NEC
Model#: PX-50XR6A
Product Description: 50

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-2000L
Product Description: Isys® 5

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-4L
Product Description: Isys® 3.6

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-17-CH
Product Description: Isys i/O™ 17

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-4X
Product Description: Isys i/O™ Handheld WiFi Touchpanel

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-CH-IMW
Product Description: CAT5 Balanced A/V Interface Wall Plate

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-4X-DS
Product Description: Docking Station for TPMC-4X

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-8X-DS
Product Description: Docking Station for TPMC-8X

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-8X-BTPE
Product Description: External Battery Pack for TPMC-8X

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-CBL-T6
Product Description: Triamese Cables for New Isys Touchpanels

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Pixel Technologies
Model#: PRO-500
Product Description: Professional High Gain Antenna

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Pixel Technologies
Model#: SBA-1
Product Description: High Gain Line Amplifier

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Merlot 423m
Product Description: In-Wall Loudspeaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: Voyager5
Product Description: Outdoor Loudspeaker

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: DSi455
Product Description: In-Ceiling Loudspeaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: P450
Product Description: On-Wall Loudspeaker – Left/Right

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Model#: P460
Product Description: On-Wall Loudspeaker – Center

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Monitor Audio
Model#: CPC Radius
Product Description: In-Ceiling Loudspeaker

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: IC-36
Product Description: Infusion Lighting Control 36v Controller

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: MPER-4-IC36
Product Description: Primary Infusion Enclosure

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: SPER-4-IC
Product Description: Secondary Infusion Enclosure

Qty: 16
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: MDS8RW101
Product Description: SCR Dimming Module

Qty: 12
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: KS1xPB
Product Description: Keypad Station

Qty: 48
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: DS1xPB
Product Description: Scenepoint Dimmer Station

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: STOLEW801
Product Description: Low-Voltage Relay Station

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: BTX
Model#: BTX 5060 Sofia
Product Description: Automated Drape Motor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sanus
Model#: VMAA26
Product Description: Full Motion Wall Mount

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Sanus
Model#: VMPL
Product Description: Tilting Wall Mount

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: JWD Series
Product Description: Flat Panel Swing Arm Wall Mount

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: RPA Elite
Product Description: Projector Mount

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: SLBU/SLMU
Product Description: Projector Interface Bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: HAI
Model#: OmniPro II
Product Description: Home Security Panel

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: HAI
Model#: Console 33A00-4
Product Description: Flush Mount LCD Security Keypad

Qty: 12
Manufacturer: DSC
Model#: BV300DP
Product Description: Motion Detector

Qty: 18
Manufacturer: GRI
Model#: GI-20RS12/PB2020/DS01
Product Description: Door Contact

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Honeywell
Model#: FG 1625F
Product Description: Glass Break Detector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: System Sensor
Model#: WFDTH
Product Description: Sprinkler Flow Sensor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Potter
Model#: EVD-1
Product Description: Safe Vibration Sensor

Qty: 14
Manufacturer: GE
Model#: 449CST
Product Description: Smoke Detector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Winland
Model#: TA-40
Product Description: Low Temperature Sensor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: System Sensor
Model#: P2
Product Description: Audible Notification Siren

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: D-Link
Model#: DWL-7100AP
Product Description: 802.11 a/b/g Wireless Access Point

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Linksys
Model#: WAP54G
Product Description: 802.11 b/g Wireless Access Point

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Transition Networks, Inc.
Model#: MIL-S8TA
Product Description: Milan 8-port 10/100/1000BASE-T Switch

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Pelco
Model#: Spectra IV SE
Product Description: PTZ Dome Camera

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Speco
Model#: HT-INTD4
Product Description: Intensifier Series Weatherproof Dome Camera

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Speco
Model#: CVC-6481IRVFHQ
Product Description: Color Indoor Dome Camera

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Speco
Model#: HT-7246iHR
Product Description: Tamperproof/Weatherproof Dome Camera

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Holovision
Model#: Model 200-CR
Product Description: Doorbell Interface w/SCM110HD Camera & Intercom

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Direct UPS
Model#: Vesta Pro 2000
Product Description: Uninterrupted Power Supply

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Altronix
Model#: ALTV1224DC
Product Description: CCTV Camera & Accessory Power Supply

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Satellite USA
Model#: WBS41202NF
Product Description: Wide Band Ka/Ku DirecTV 4×12 Satellite Multi-Switch

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: IEI
Model#: 2000 Series e/em
Product Description: Access Control Keypad

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Von Duprin
Model#: 5100
Product Description: Access Control Door Strike

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Winland
Model#: WaterBug
Product Description: Electronic Water Detection

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: System Sensor
Model#: 5601P
Product Description: Heat Detector

TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 30

Electronic Design and Engineering: 100

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 80

Project Management: 160

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 415

Trim-out: 225

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 40

Programming: 360

Final Installation and Calibration: 230

Client Instruction: 16

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 8

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 20

Project Management by Others: 0

Other time: 0
Describe Task:

Total Hours to Complete: 1684

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