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Engineering firm, Glumac, chooses Crestron technology for new conference and collaboration spaces

February 11, 2015

Raising the Bar

The Portland, Oregon offices of Glumac have become the meeting place of choice for clients and collaborators alike, since the firm premiered its new multi-faceted conference rooms. After gutting the entire floor of a fifty-year-old building in downtown Portland, the company, long dedicated to green building practices, achieved its own LEED Platinum certification by employing sustainable building systems and materials.

 

Naturally, the firm wanted the same flexibility and sophistication they provide for clients in their new conference center—a goal achieved with the installation of Crestron controlled AV technology, which has transformed the way they do business on a daily basis. “The new technology has completely changed the dynamics of client and team meetings,” says Leonard Klein, Mechanical Engineer and Principal of Glumac. “Historically, consultants go to their client’s office for meetings. Once we moved into this space, architects and building owners asked to come over to our office. The conference rooms have transformed into collaborative spaces.” The new center consists of two large conference rooms and a bistro area that can be used separately or combined into one large space. While divisible conference space isn’t a new concept, Glumac wanted technology that would be as flexible and creative as the clients they serve. Only Crestron offered them the compatible, flexible hardware and software solutions they needed.

 

The Challenge

Create an AV system with enough flexibility, intuitive controls, and sophistication to satisfy a leading engineering consulting firm in their own LEED® Platinum headquarters.

 

The Solution

Utilize Crestron hardware and software solutions to create an AV system that raises the bar on multi-room conference centers.

"The new technology has completely changed the dynamics of client and team meetings. Historically, consultants go to their client’s office for meetings. Once we moved into this space, architects and building owners asked to come over to our office. The conference rooms have transformed into collaborative spaces.”

— Leonard Klein, Glumac

The New Meeting Center

The two conference rooms, named “Spruce” and “Douglas Fir,” have identical technology, starting with a 70" touch screen display suspended above a console at the front of the room. Anyone with a Wi-Fi® equipped PC or Mac® can connect immediately to the system through the Crestron AirMedia™ wireless presentation gateway. Presenters with mobile devices, including Apple® and Android™ tablets and smartphones, need only download the free AirMedia app from the iTunes® or Google Play™ stores, respectively, to present instantly. A pop-up panel in the console opens to reveal digital and analog connections and power outlets compatible with any Apple or Windows® computer, even those without Wi-Fi or digital connections.

 

“It’s phenomenal,” says Klein. “You’re walking around with your iPad Mini® looking at this drawing, and then it shows up on this 70" display seamlessly. No connecting required.”

 

Above each display is a high-definition camera used for online video conferencing with colleagues at the firm’s other eight offices in the U.S. and China, or with clients across the globe. Birklid used the Crestron app to bring together audio, video, lighting, and shading controls, creating a comprehensive touch screen control center on each iPad® in the conference room. From any iPad, Glumac personnel can power on technology in the room, instantly call up any source (including cable TV, AirMedia, or Apple TV®), change the lighting, and even duplicate the signal on two rear screen projectors in the outer office area. Once the command is given, a Crestron DigitalMedia™ 8X8 matrix switcher routes the high-definition audio and video from the chosen source to its destination. Personnel can choose one source for each display, or feed one source to all displays at once, depending on how they’re using the room.

 

All furniture is on wheels, so staff can fold tab