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Blackhawk Area Council Aircamp Event - Chicago

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On Saturday, October 11th, SM&W staff members Jonathan Owens, Travis Ludwig and myself supported the closing Arena Show for the Blackhawk Area Council Aircamp 2014 event. The SM&W team took over an empty warehouse building on the Chicago Rockford International Airport field and assembled the stage, lighting, video and sound.  The Arena Show featured three Tuskegee Airmen, a video greeting from Astronaut James Lovell of Apollo 13 and the closing video made up of images shot during the day’s activities.

Special thanks go out to Christie Digital, QSC Audio, and Audio Biz for the loan of equipment to make this all happen!

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CityArchRiver 2015 - Museum of Westward Expansion

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After almost 50 years after its completion, the Gateway Arch is one of the most visited attractions in the world, symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States.  The CityArchRiver 2015 project will provide locals and tourists with new opportunities to learn, linger and enjoy one of the world’s most recognized icons.  Many stages of the project will be completed by October 2015, when the nation and the region celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch.

The CityArchRiver 2015 renovations include connections between the Gateway Arch grounds with the East and West riverfronts, expansions to the Museum of Westward Expansion, additional park acreage, children’s play areas and a performance venue.  Shen Milsom & Wilke is currently providing security and information technology infrastructure consulting services for the Museum.  The Museum expansion encompasses new entrances, redesigned exhibits that will tell the story of the Westward Expansion in new and interactive ways, new exhibit spaces, a renovated café space and renovations to the theater spaces.  When complete, the Gateway Arch grounds and expanded/renovated Museum will provide an enhanced visitor experience and offer a welcoming and accessible environment.

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Four Seasons Parkway Run/Walk for CHOP - A Huge Success

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On Sunday September 28th, Shen Milsom & Wilke participated in the Four Seasons Parkway Run/Walk benefiting pediatric cancer research and survivor programs at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  What a great day it was!  This year's event had nearly 11,000 participants and raised over $1.2 million!

Team “SM&W for Julia’s Grace” was set up in memory of Julia Grace Eveland, who lost her battle to Wilm’s Tumor in September, 2013.  8 year old Julia was a patient at CHOP for 4 years and inspired others with her positive attitude, happy spirit and genuine love for everyone she met.  From donating all of her birthday gifts to the oncology clinic, to asking that a school fundraiser for her be directed to help doctors find a cure for childhood cancer; Julia always put others first.  Her greatest desire was to help other children, and we wanted to continue her legacy by helping fund pediatric cancer research.

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White House, Red Warnings

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On Friday, September 19th, Omar J. Gonzalez, clambered over the perimeter fencing to what some believe is the most secure home in America. While Mr. Gonzalez’s intentions are unknown at this time, prosecutors allege that over 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete were found in his nearby vehicle. He did make it to the White House interior with a folding, serrated blade knife in his possession. This is a scary and sobering thought.

Using this situation simply as an example, protecting your assets is not merely made up of the physical barriers that we may have in place or the devices that we utilize. It’s much more, including having the correct policies & procedures in place, and have people trained to correctly respond to them. The one thing to remember in this situation, or any situation where physical security comes into play, is that your surveillance, intrusion, access control and other physical security systems are only as effective as the people operating them. You can have a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art physical security system or PSIM, but at the end of the day the most important asset to your protection is the person(s) sitting at the security command center.

While the accused made it as far as the North Portico, he was apprehended without incident. This is due to the policies & procedures that are in place to respond to such an event. While we use security systems as deterrents and investigative tools, we also use them for reactive measures; much like cause and effect. I think to think of this approach like Sir Isaac Newton looked at the laws of motion; that each action should have an equal and opposite reaction. For every event there should be a reaction appropriate to that event, and all of these situations should be documented and used as training for your security teams.

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Wireless Collaboration

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With all the buzz today concerning Wireless and Collaboration, the feeling by most users is that “it’s just ubiquitous”.  Right?  Well…..not necessarily.  The whole discussion is akin to a duck floating on the water.  Above the water the duck looks all calm, just floating along.  However, below the surface, his feet are paddling to beat the band.  This is how wireless collaboration appears to users, if systems are designed properly.  In reality, there is a lot of work going on, which the user should not see, thus making their experience appear as a simple case of walking into a room and wirelessly collaborating.  With this said, not all ‘ducks’ are the same!  There are product manufacturers and software companies that have approached this topic in various unique methods. SM&W has developed a space for our clients to test drive the equipment without any pressure from either manufacturers or sales people.

The challenge is not the plethora of wireless collaboration solutions on the market.  Some solutions use proprietary hardware, while others use a cloud based software solution.  The issue is that each product or service has approached the discussion of collaboration differently.   Some products/services are designed to work outside of the secured network (thus not impacting the secured network), while others are happy to work behind the firewall, inside the secured network. Still others offer the ability to transverse this discussion. Each has its attributes and their shortcomings.     Add to this the complexity of how each product/service addresses the user interface, accessing and selecting user devices for display and/or collaboration.

Not all user computing products operating systems are the same either.  Android, Apple IOS, Google, Windows, Lynix, etc., all have differing architecture that may or may not play well with the wireless collaboration system chosen.  Some will openly annotate and view collaborative information, while others will only view and not offer the ability to collaborate.  Some will save the outcome of a collaborative effort on each device, while others store the final product of a meeting in a central file location that will need access by each meeting participant.

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SM&W Microphone Analysis Session at Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg:

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Earlier this month, SM&W consultants Jonathan Owens, CTS and M. Travis Ludwig, CTS conducted a microphone analysis session at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, IL (ILIS).  The primary impetus for the exercise was for Travis and Jonathan to gain a better operational understanding of specific microphone types as tools for audio production.  Rather than continue to rely on printed engineering data sheets for product specification and use in projects, the goal was to evaluate individual microphones in a controlled environment where the results could be recorded and used for further evaluation.  As an Alumna of ILIS, Jonathan utilized his connections at the school to hold the session in their recording studio.  This allowed them the controlled environment needed for testing, and provided students an opportunity to assist. The session took place during a Critical Listening class, and was a great way to combine a professional analysis session into a learning experience for the students.  The session lasted 6hrs and involved rigorous testing and analysis of microphones from various manufacturers.  The ILIS faculty were thrilled to have such a session take place because it gave the students a chance to work with acoustical professionals and gain some insight into the industry.

 

Travis and Jonathan taught the students about the various microphones and why their characteristics are important in numerous applications such as voice and instrument sound reinforcement, and recording/broadcast.

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Case Study: Acoustical Design in the Renovation of Everyman Theatre

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Peering into that dark, abandoned movie theater prior to construction, I had no idea the challenges we would face with Everyman Theatre. One of the most interesting aspects of this project is its history. The building started out its life as a Vaudeville house in 1910 and has had many incarnations throughout its lifetime, including a house of burlesque, a parking garage, and a 1,550-seat movie theater. Working with Cho Benn Holback + Associates, our team’s goal was to transform the abandoned movie theater into a multi-venue performance space and a home for the Everyman Theatre Company.

Our first challenge was to take this historic facility and turn it into something that fit the needs of the company. The historic structure could not support the usual bells and whistles associated with a theatre design: isolated ceilings, upgraded structural slabs, and isolated floor slabs. Any upgrades to the structure had to be carefully considered, because the historic framework could only support so much additional weight. Add a metro tunnel directly below the theatre, and we had to contend with serious weight restrictions. As a design team, it was important to pick and choose where various forms of isolation would be most effective while maintaining an eye for budget and constructability.

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SM&W Summer Softball League

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Shen Milsom & Wilke played their 4th softball game of the season on July 7th, and what a game it was!  We played against a tough defense, but managed to keep up with one exceptional defensive play after another to hold the score close.

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InfoComm 2014 Debrief

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InfoComm 2014 was representative of some of the more drastic shifts on the horizon for the AV & Technology industries as a whole. There was much to see on the showroom floor with an impressive abundance of LED displays and I'll always make time to enjoy a quality demo in the audio rooms. However, what was brewing beneath all the impressive audio and video displays was the surge in networked solutions in all forms of technology.  After spending my time on the show floor, there was a constant echo of advice given by Steve Emspak, "search out what you don't know," which helped in analyzing a few trends:

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Technology and Room Design, Part 1

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I’ve been involved in the audiovisual industry for more than 20 years, and viewing a poor image in a presentation space outfitted with an expensive video display is a personal pet peeve. The video equipment may include an excellent projector, quality video signal transport/switching and top-of-the-line source equipment; yet it’s still difficult to see details in the image, and the color looks washed out. How does this happen? Better yet, how do we improve it?

Many design aspects for a video viewing space impact the effectiveness of the displayed images. The audiovisual system designer is responsible for some of the basics, such as screen size and image height, display type, resolution and projector brightness, but the display environment can have a significant impact on how images are perceived by viewers.

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Security Policies & Procedures: “living” documents

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As security consultants, we see and advise clients on various security technology systems ranging from minimal to exponential in cost, operability, and capability. As an independent consulting firm we are product agnostic, but as with most successful consulting professionals, we get knee deep in the details, performance, and specifications of the products we recommend. Most of us are technology junkies at heart. As for me, my pulse races over the latest and greatest security devices being introduced at trade shows and exhibitions. I love to take in all the innovation and knowledge available in the security world. My job is to understand it, tailor it, package it, and advise my client as to what the most appropriate solution is for his/her facility.

As security experts, our clients expect our guidance in selecting the right security technologies to suit both their interests and their budget. We analyze drawings and markups, and we coordinate integration between various systems in order to give our clients a best-in-class physical security system. However, this can all be circumvented or dismantled by one person- often your employee!

Security systems, regardless of their size, are only as good as the people operating and/or responding to them.  Your weakest link is the employee that doesn’t know how to respond, doesn’t know what he/she is looking at, how to disseminate information, or doesn’t take the appropriate action or follow operational procedures.  This leads to asset loss or vulnerability. In 2014 alone, agencies, companies, and municipalities will spend millions of dollars on security systems; but how much will they spend developing the policies and procedures that are utilized in conjunction with these physical security systems? People become too focused on day 1:  the physical security designs and layouts. My challenge to you is:  what are you going to do on day 2 when the security integrator is gone and you have hundreds of thousands of dollars of technology at your fingertips? My advice: take the time to develop policies and procedures that support your organization’s culture while effectively managing security staff, developing operational procedures, and creating emergency operations plans. The challenge is to do all of this before day 2 arrives.

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Anatomy of a Mad Science Experiment

Posted by Leonard Suskin
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The Question

AV systems are part of the paradigm shift in the workplace. In today’s workplace environment, large specialty spaces remain, with the addition of huddle spaces and smaller collaborative areas. As software-based conferencing spreads into more of these spaces, AV designers need to look for unobtrusive, cost-effective ways of picking up audio. Because differences in space configuration make it a challenge to compare various technologies, SM&W organized a quick microphone shoot-out between three technologies: a wireless boundary microphone, a ceiling microphone, and a passive mic array. These are all simple solutions which can be easily implemented with connection-free portable furniture. Once we acquired the demo gear, the challenge was how to test it.

 

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Technology and People Interact at University of Minnesota's Science Teaching & Student Services Building

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The Importance of Integrated Security Design in Educational Settings

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With the increase of technology usage in the security industry, it is far too easy to rely on the latest system or gadget to protect one’s assets.  Technology gives us something to hold up and display to show what we've bought and installed as part of the overall security program.  Since it is generally the most visible portion of the security program, it is the first thing that is examined when incidents occur.  These systems are incredibly important and allow security personnel to monitor, control, and surveil many areas and disparate locations from a central point.  This allows for a more efficient use of manpower and provides an overall costs saving from a staffing perspective.

However, just as important is the use of non-technology.  The successful creation of a safe and secure learning environment depends on the integration of “active” and “passive” design strategies.  The active approach uses hardware and security systems such as cameras or motion detectors.  Passive security is based on program and facility design, building and site configuration, and community participation.  In educational environments, it is critical that these environments be open, inviting, and conducive to classroom settings so as not to take away from the students’ abilities to learn and their overall comfort level with the surroundings.  With that, the less pervasive technology and hardware that can be used, the better it is for their environment.  Much of these concepts are based on the principles of Crime Prevention though Environmental Design (CPTED).

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Accessible design in interactive kiosks as perceived by AV Designers

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This post is a result of an ongoing conversation we are having at SM&W about what "accessibility" means in AV design and how to make functional digital signage welcoming and usable to all users.  Earlier in the year I discussed giving better experience to a hearing impaired audience using Audio Frequency Inductive Loop Systems. (SM&W has an approved AIA continuing education class available on this topic). The genesis of today's post is a discussion I had with senior consultant Joe Gaffney regarding accessible design in interactive kiosks.

As the cost of interactive flat panel displays drop, we are seeing greater and greater numbers of interactive digital kiosks. As AV designers, we see these digital kiosks in place of more traditional signage for myriad uses including advertising, scheduling and path finding within buildings, and for scheduling in public transit. At SM&W we have been discussing how digital kiosks impact people with physical limitations, and how we can create the most welcoming experience possible for the broadest possible audience.

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Embracing the Opportunities of BYOD in Enterprise AV Design

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By Bill Nattress of Shen Milsom & Wilke and Sean Brown of Sonic Foundry

You may think you've got your AV plan nailed down for your boardrooms, meeting rooms and training room, but think again. By now you've heard of BYOD (bring you own device).  The idea is that giving employees access to work at their fingertips will make them more productive. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to rethink your strategies to accommodate the anytime, anywhere access the new consumer-based, technology-enhanced work environment demands.

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Ultra-Green Skyscraper, Pearl River Tower featured in Architectural Record

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The Pearl River Tower, in Guangzhou, China, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill serves as headquarters for the Guangdong Tobacco Company along with other corporate tenants, is a 70-story building that includes office space, conference center, retail and restaurant spaces encompassing approximately 170,000 square meters. SM&W consulted on the base building security, IT infrastructure, audiovisual systems, and acoustical design for this office tower that also has ‘ultra green’ and ‘net-zero’ energy consumption design features.  The interior fit-out design of the anchor tenant’s typical offices and conference center was also undertaken by our acoustical and audiovisual design teams from our Chicago office.

The tower project was featured in Architectural Record for putting “super green before super tall”.

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Compelling Reasons To Design Unified Infrastructure

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Clients, owners and users are demanding better automation between network systems, storage and infrastructure in a way that is shifting IT design resources from low-value cable plant design that has permeated the technology design world for years. Today, IT design must be looked upon as a high-value innovation that addresses relentless escalation of business and user demands from live streaming video and audio to the desktop to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Network design has legitimately become the 5th base line discipline in building design. Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and now Technology (IT & AV), round out the key team members responsible for any modern building design.

It’s not just voice and data any longer! Today, IT Infrastructure design absolutely must consider a converged design that includes AV, Security, Building Management Systems (BMS), Building Automation Systems (BAS), Fire-Life-Safety (FLS), Point of Sale (POS), Parking, Asset Tracking, Lighting Control, Window Treatment Control, HVAC control, etc., etc.

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Leveraging the Technology of Today for a Better Tomorrow

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The typical checklist we mentally review as we leave our homes—Keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone? Check—is expected to get much shorter. As the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach becomes increasingly commonplace in businesses, near field communications (NFC) enabled smartphones that facilitate mobile access control are ushering in a new era for managing trusted identities in the enterprise environment. Empowering physical access control and computer logon from a smartphone is a convenient, secure and attractive capability.

The mobile access control pilot at Arizona State University (ASU) was the first to validate the use of digital credentials on NFC smartphones for physical access control on a college campus. The ASU pilot participants gained access to their residence hall and selected rooms by presenting the phones to their door readers, just like they do with their existing iCLASS-based physical campus ID cards. Participants used a variety of popular smartphones connected to all major mobile networks campus wide.

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Acoustics by SM&W get a starring role in The Cecil and Minton jazz supper club redesign

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Minton’s and The Cecil bring old school jazz and exotic comfort food to the increasingly robust Harlem neighborhood.  Originally the site of legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse in the 1930’s/1940’s, the space has been redesigned as a contemporary jazz supper club. The adjacent spaces were revived by New York businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls along with Harlem Jazz Enterprises. Shen Milsom & Wilke was asked to provide acoustics for the renovation while preserving the historic feel of the space.

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The Value of Strategic Medical Equipment Planning

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The value of working with an integrated medical equipment planning consultant for HealthCare Projects

Regardless of the size of your facility, equipment costs can range between 25%-30% of the overall project budget.  For a project where the project costs run in the hundreds and thousands to millions of dollars, 30% is a significant amount of dollars allocated to equipment. A medical planning expert can allay any anxiety about the type, size, cost, fit, and capabilities of your equipment purchase.

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School Security - More Important Than Ever Before

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In the wake of the numerous school shooting incidents the topic of school security is one that has garnered national attention. When parents send their children to school; or husbands, wives, and partners say goodbye to their significant others, they do so with the unconscious assumption that they will see their loved ones later in the day. Sadly, that is not always the case. The unimaginable tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT shook the nation to its core and came as an affirmation that our children need more protection. As we can see on the nightly news regardless of where you hang your hat, active shooter scenarios and school shootings have become more and more prevalent and are clearly on the rise.

In the year following the deadly December 2012 Newtown, CT shooting, there were at least two dozen school shootings across our nation; not all making national news platforms [1].

Looking back at any situation, many people will say “oh, well I could have done this differently” or “I should have just…” As they say, hindsight is always 20/20. I believe that while we should absolutely learn from our experiences and be reactive, I think that it is essential that we are more proactive in our approach to school security. In the physical security realm there are things that we can do in an attempt to mitigate these heinous crimes against our children and our loved ones. Preparedness and Prevention are ways that school systems can “prepare for and prevent an Active Shooter Situation” [2].

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Millennium Park

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Written By: Carolyn Heinze freelance writer for AVnetwork.com

 

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Spotlight on Denver: Catherine Ruuhela featured in SDA Newsletter

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The Society for Design Administration (SDA) is a nonprofit organization that advances management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking and resources.  The SDA has been an affiliate of The American Institute of Architects for over 50 years, and enhances the professional development and personal growth of its members, and consequently the development and growth of their respective companies.    Educational areas the SDA focuses on are Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Office Administration, and Project Management.

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Beyond Compliance – Creating Spaces that are Welcoming to the Hearing Impaired Public

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Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is often viewed as a set of tedious requirements one must get past in a big project. Light switches are moved a bit lower, protruding obstacles are recessed into walls, and a few infrared (IR) or radio-frequency (RF) emitters for assistive listening systems are tacked onto the walls of auditoriums and meeting spaces.

However, there is a dramatic difference between creating spaces that accommodate those with disabilities and creating spaces that are welcoming to all visitors. Accommodation – and compliance with accessibility laws - is an important first step in creating an award winning, visually and physically appealing and welcoming space. Shen Milsom & Wilke (SM&W) has developed strategies to achieve these results.

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McFarlane Identifies Top Data Center Trends for 2014

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There’s always something new in data center technology, but which are proven, which should be considered, and which have been over-hyped?  A good list of modern trends would certainly include:


Containerized Data Centers:
These certainly have their place, and have proven to be problem solvers for some, but they are probably being over-hyped.  They work fine for a Google or Facebook that deploys large numbers of similar or identical servers.  They can be delivered quickly, they scale incrementally, and can be very energy efficient.  Many aren’t even meant to be serviced; just close the doors and let them run.  If servers fail shut them down.  There are plenty of others to take their place.  “Containers” have their place, but for the data center that needs to remain agile they can be very limiting.

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Science Fiction and a peek at the year ahead

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Happy New Year Everyone!

For those who don't know me, I'm the Pixel-and-Ink-Stained Wretch, keeper of the very best flash fiction/commercial AV blog anywhere on the internet (also, to the best of my knowledge, the only hybrid fiction/AV blog on the internet. If anyone knows of another one, let me know so we can have a steel cage match or something). With the New Year here, this seems like a fun time to look at some emerging trends and what the future might bring. In keeping with my love for speculative fiction, I'll invoke the three types of science fiction story deserved by the late Dr. Isaac Asimov: answers to the questions "What if..." "If only..." and "if this goes on”. To keep the number of predictions manageable, let's treat this like one of the good doctor's science fiction premises and apply one of each to the future of AV.

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Rob Badenoch Named to ENR New York “Top 20 Under 40”

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Profoundly influenced by his grandfather, a WWII Navy electronics technician-turned recording engineer, Rob became fascinated by the merging of technology and music as a child.  By age sixteen, Rob was the Chief Engineer of his high school radio and TV station.  Combining self-taught electronics knowledge with input from mentors, he applied his technology skills to practical applications such as repurposing municipal phone lines to replace a failed studio transmitter link in order to keep a local sportscast on the air.

At Lehigh University Rob remained closely involved with production engineering, building concert sound and broadcast systems for artists such as Diana Krall, Gregory Hines, and the New York Philharmonic.  He founded the Lehigh University Sound program, an organization designed to provide leadership experience to students interested in working in audio engineering.  During his junior year, Rob was hired to work in the engineering department at Vistacom, a local Audio/Video firm. He eventually served as Vistacom’s lead AV designer for Lehigh’s Zoellner Arts Center, the University’s first dedicated performing arts facility.  His responsibilities included the design of dedicated recording studios, leading to new curricula for students interested in music and broadcast technology.

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SHARE's 5th Anniversary Pink & Teal Reception

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Shen Milsom & Wilke was a proud sponsor at SHARE's 5th Anniversary Pink & Teal Reception on June 20th, 2013. SHARE organization works to support, educate and empower those affected by breast or ovarian cancer.

Georgine Ilesco and I were honored to attend this year's event and had a great time mingling with others in the design, construction and real estate industries.

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Chicago celebrates Blackhawks winning the Cup!

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In celebration of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup, SM&W principal Bill Nattress shows his team spirit by wearing a bit of his favorite Hawks garb. Also, the cup route went by the office with much fanfare.

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Denver Earns Trip to Coors Field

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Shen Milsom & Wilke's Denver office shut down early on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 to celebrate a 70% increase in profitability over the last six months!  The office was treated to lunch and a ballgame where we watched the Colorado Rockies take on the LA Dodgers at Coors Field.

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We all stopped in front of Home Plate to snap a picture with our new SM&W t-shirts.

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My trip to Paris and London

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on Tuesday, 14 August 2012
in New York

During the spring and summer months when I’m not busy handling proposals, I spend much of my time watching tennis.  I’ve had a love for the game as long as I can remember.  That love also drove me to become a member of the Board of Directors for USTA Serves.  Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the French open in Paris and of course, my trip would not have been complete without visiting a few of my favorite projects overseas.

One of my favorite things about attending the French Open is the beautiful red clay courts at the Roland Garros Stadium.  The French call the surface “terre battue” (beaten earth).  It is a surface that your feet slide on and that quickly stains your shoes and socks. Unlike hard surface courts, the clay court is easier on the players’ feet and joints. Its grittiness also slows the ball down, extending rallies, games, and sets.  Still, the clay and the artistry it elicits is a point of pride in France.

My visit in Paris also provided the perfect opportunity to drop in on one of our favorite hospitality client’s properties, the Mandarin Oriental Paris.  The hotel is situated on one of the most fashionable streets in the world, Rue Saint-Honoré.  Rooms here range anywhere from 1k to over 8k per night.  While I didn’t have the fortune to experience the hotel as a guest, I was able to tour the grounds and the rooms.  The hotel is exquisitely designed sparing no attention to details.  It has a very delicate, almost feminine theme.

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Denver Office Renovation, Part 1

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on Monday, 09 April 2012
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What’s new in the Denver office you ask? Renovation!

Well, “new” is a relative term. This has been discussed off and on for the year and a half that I’ve been here, and the “old timers” (sorry Kelly!) tell me it’s been planned since before we even had desks in this building.

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