Developing Invisible Solutions for Historical Purpose

Rochester Regional Health recently underwent a $150 million project to upgrade its facility. This project required an update to a 42-seat conference room in high use by the facility amongst additional support.

For PSNI Global Alliance Affiliate Sensory Technologies, the project represented the opportunity to address poor acoustic and high ambient light conditions, while creating infrastructure to support legacy and modern technology, along with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concept, growing more prevalent in corporate environments.

Overcoming Historic Obstacles

The Boardroom, which seats 30 around the table and another 12 on the perimeter, is a spacious area with 20-foot ceilings at its highest point and tall windows. The client wanted Sensory Technologies to create an intimate environment for meetings and teleconferencing, without the technology distracting from the space’s aesthetics.

The visual centerpiece of the room is not the projection systems or any other piece of technology, but an 87” X 140” stained glass window depicting the history of Unity Hospital and its commitment to quality healthcare. The window’s artwork was commissioned by a local artist and is a source of pride for the hospital. It sits at the room’s focal point and, as such, is also in an optimal spot to hang a video projection screen.

Developing Invisible Solutions

Sensory Technologies built a custom enclosure surrounding the stained glass window and used two tab tension screens – one for projection and one to block the light coming through the stained glass. Both screens can roll up in to the cabinetry, putting the window on display. The projector is mounted within a soffit so it’s virtually invisible.

Room darkening shades, powered by a Crestron controller make preparing the room for a presentation as easy as the push of a button. The Crestron system also controls audio, video and lighting via a touch panel recessed in to a wall.

The Crestron DM (Digital Media) system makes it equally easy to connect nearly any device, modern or legacy technology, to the system.

The Final Product

Sensory was able to successfully suit the needs of the client without disrupting the historical value of the room while simplifying the use and minimizing the aesthetic of the technology.

“This room was a very important piece of the overall renovation, and with Sensory Technologies on the job, I didn’t lose a minute’s sleep over it,” said VP of Corporate and Ancillary Services at Rochester Regional Health, Bob Donahue.

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