MKC Collaboration is our name and we live collaboration every day. Here is an example of a videowall integration that required full collaboration from start to finish.
Yes we specialize in collaboration technologies, that is, we provide systems integration for solutions that enable and support the collaboration efforts of our client’s employees and their customers. But HOW we provide those solutions requires our own collaboration culture, including our processes and tools. Taking the time to fully understand what our clients are doing today, what is working and what is not, is critical before we can recommend collaboration solutions. Are the working teams all local or are they dispersed over multiple locations? What are the goals of the team? Is it to review lots of different content and make decisions? Is it to use standardized tools and applications while team members update each other on progress toward a common goal? Or is it to brainstorm on new ideas? And then we consider the work space itself. Is this a boardroom, large multi-purpose conference room, or huddle space? Are meeting spaces scheduled in advance or used ad-hoc? How important is it to be able to move a collaboration session to another space or time without losing any collaboration work in progress? We collaboration with the business users, information technology, business leaders, facility managers and so on about these and many other factors that drive a collaboration design.
But this BLOG post highlights other ways MKC collaborates and it also speaks to our culture. Our background is not just AV, communications and networking, we also have a solid knowledge of interior design and skilled trades. This videowall solution nicely highlights how we collaborate with all the people that influence and impact our client’s view of the success of a project. Our client wanted to explore a videowall for their newly remodeled headquarters. MKC had already provided collaboration solutions for their boardroom and three other conference rooms that were very tightly coupled to custom designed cabinetry and furniture, so we had earned their respect to be part of the whole brainstorming process. Starting with truly a blank wall, we began discussing content. Content? This was not what they were ready to discuss as they wanted to focus on the wall and display cabinetry millwork design first. But after mocking up some example content and showing it with different videowall designs of standard and non-standard shapes and sizes they began to realize the ability to create a unique look and feel that would compliment the overall lobby and office. Settling on a non-standard 3×2 aspect ratio made the for both existing content they had and new content to be developed. Working closely with their interior designer and fabricator allowed us to design the right technology for the full wall cabinetry. To provide a clean flush look, we were able to provide critical input into the size and structural aspects so the videowall would fit perfectly into a recessed space. To eliminate heat uses we used Planar Clarity because of its system architecture places the power supplies remotely in the client’s server room along with the video controllers and media players. To solve the future need for servicing the videowall we used Peerless Supreme full-service video wall scissor mounts with allow us to push in to release each display. Collaboration with other skilled trades such as the electricians to assure we had dedicated circuits and to review the LED lighting plan. Finally, we were on-hand during the millwork installation to verify accurate dimensions and to assure it was properly anchored.
The picture collage shows the concept, modeling, installation and final use on the lobby. What is not shown are the dozens of meetings, design revisions, detailed drawings and technical data – all part of the collaboration process!
Technology products used for this lobby videowall were from Planar, Peerless AV, BrightSign, Yamaha, JBL, and Wyrestorm. We collaborated with Atwell Group, Division6 Fabrication and Installation, Zoyes Creative Group and Ronnish Construction Group. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.