Projects : by Service : Audiovisual/Multimedia


It’s all about the Network, Transport, Storage, Retrieval, Infrastructure, Audio, Video, Control, User Interface, Space Planning – Audiovisual/Multimedia is all about a lot of different things. Regardless of the application; Corporate Communication, Distance Learning, Education, Medical, Command and Control, C4I, the baseline questions are how is information disseminated across a building, campus or city, and then how is it accessed, stored and then ultimately retrieved for later use. In today’s world that information is more often than not a hybrid of audio, video and data all rolled in to one ‘packet’ of information.

Networked Multimedia

In many respects today’s audiovisual system has evolved to becoming a node on a well formatted and robust data network allowing for room build-out to occur as requirements evolve and funding permits.

Audiovisual/Multimedia is not just about a data network though in many applications of audiovisual/multimedia the data network has become the transport mechanism of choice and has replaced the ‘traditional’ point to point switching and distribution systems prevalent up until just a few years ago. With fairly recent significant improvements in the ability to encode and decode analog format signals while maintaining their integrity over distance, the data network has become the transport system of choice for most applications. Regardless of what that transport system may ultimately be, once the information gets to its final destination, the laws of physics still apply and the basic principles that brought audiovisual forward 40 years ago are still required. The Ergonomics of Visual Acuity, Aural Intelligibility, Human Factors of seating, reach and head rotation are some of the physical key components of a properly designed facility, all of which fall within SM&W’s audiovisual/multimedia expertise.

Digital Retrieval

As more and more information is required to be digitally mined and ultimately stored, digital retrieval systems make it possible to access the vast quantity of images, audio files, and full-motion video and traditional text documents from a catalogued database. There are several layers of design involved in implementing these systems. Not only does digital retrieval require an advanced multimedia network, it also requires a high-bandwidth, high-speed data network to process catalogue requests and route multi-megabyte information files, as well as an intuitive user interface to guide the users through the process.

Distance Learning

Through distance learning, a single instructor can provide instruction to a very large group of students beyond the confines of a classroom. Almost every classroom has the potential to become a distance learning center if the necessary infrastructure is provided.

There are several modes of providing distance learning, from full-blown dedicated television classrooms to a standard classroom outfitted with videoconferencing equipment. Often the instructor can operate the television technology directly, without assistance, while more complex facilities use a support technician. Either way, we recognize that teachers must be free to focus on teaching, not fumbling with technology. A properly formatted distance learning facility in conjunction with a robust digital storage & retrieval system can easily provide educational opportunities on a global, 24/7 ad-hoc basis on demand.

Network, Command & Emergency Operations Centers

With no question the requirements for Network, Command and Control as well as Emergency Operations are separate and distinct entities, each with its own unique requirements. Regardless of the ultimate application to a greater or lesser extent C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence) is fast becoming a baseline business requirement to maintain a competitive advantage. One important capability that C4I systems provide is situational awareness--information about the location and status of various assets and resources that often can be quite remote from the monitoring location.

Organizations now look beyond the basic conference room equipped with a wall chart and overhead projector, to a specialized environment. These specialty spaces are providing an invaluable decision making tool: the ability to view real-time high-resolution information from an extraordinarily wide range of sources, and to manipulate and display these images at an appropriate resolution and size as required by the source as well as the viewers. One of the prime benefits is that a group can comfortably focus on information normally contained on a desktop PC monitor with a high level of comfort and knowledge that all that need to be involved see the same information at the same time.

User Interface

Having all the information in the world stored and/or readily available is useless without the proper tools available to access that information. Throughout the project process it is incumbent upon the design team to develop a clear understanding of the users of these systems. As the understanding of the actual user requirements comes in to focus and the systems to be accessed are better understood, the appropriate content management and user interface systems can be developed. A touchscreen, a combination of a keyboard, mouse and large desktop display, a large format wall mounted control surface, Gesture Technologies, whatever it may become will all be driven by that clear understanding, with ultimate user control exercised via a well-developed graphic interface that will take the users intuitively through the complexity of control, from a single local source such as a DVD player to thousands of video & data feeds in a complex C4I environment.

The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center

Location: Hyde Park , New York
Architects: R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Colorado Convention Center

Location: Denver , Colorado
Architects: Fentress Bradburn Architects, Ltd.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Drug InfoCentre

Location: Hong Kong ,
Architects: Architectural Services Department, Kingsmen (interiors), MET Studio Design Ltd. (exhibition design)

Museum of Islamic Art

Location: Doha ,
Architects: I.M. Pei, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects

Musical Instrument Museum

Location: Phoenix , Arizona
Architects: RSP Architects


Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architects: Legat Architects

Comcast Headquarters

Location: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Hong Kong Science Park

Location: Hong Kong , China
Architects: Leigh & Orange Architects

National Library of Latvia

Location: Riga ,
Architects: Gunnar Birkerts Architects, Inc.

The Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park

Location: Pompano Park , Florida
Architects: Cope Linder Architects, Interiors by Carey Jones Architects, Ltd.

American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter Offices and the Center for Architecture + Design

Location: San Francisco , California
Architects: Quezada Architecture, San Francisco

New York University, Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Mitchell/Giurgola Architects

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farms Research Campus

Location: Ashburn , Virginia
Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service

Location: Suitland , Maryland
Architects: mOrphosis, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering

The Learning and Knowledge Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

Location: Stanford , California
Architects: NBBJ

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

Location: Florham Park , New Jersey
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Cy-Fair College

Location: Houston , Texas
Architects: Gensler, Cobourn Linseisen & Ratcliff

Huawei Technologies Corporate Data and Command Center

Location: Shenzhen , China
Architects: RTKL

New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner DNA Forensics Biology Laboratory

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Perkins Eastman

The Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Location: Hartford , Connecticut
Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Location: Washington , DC
Architects: CORE Architecture/Design

De Montfort University

Location: Leicester , England
Architects: De Montfort University Estates Team

International Monetary Fund Headquarters I and II

Location: Washington , DC
Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, DBI Architects

US Department of Agriculture Phase II Consolidated Laboratory

Location: Ames , Iowa
Architects: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

De Young Museum

Location: San Francisco , California
Architects: Herzog & DeMeuron, Basell; Fong & Chan

John R. Georgene M. Tozzi Electronic Business and Finance Center, University of Michigan Business School

Location: Ann Arbor , Michigan
Architects: University of Michigan

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College Ophthalmology Center

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Polshek Partnership, Ballinger

Virginia Beach Convention Center

Location: Virginia Beach , Virginia
Architects: SOM

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Milev Architects

Discovery Communications Headquarters

Location: Silver Spring , Maryland
Architects: SmithGroup (basebuilding), Gensler (facilities planning and interiors)

Kent County Leighton Judicial Complex

Location: Warwick , Rhode Island
Architects: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Radio WPRB, Emma B. Bloomberg Hall

Location: Princeton , New Jersey
Architects: Michael Dennis & Associates

Weill Greenberg Center at Weill Cornell Medical College

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Polshek Partnership, Ballinger

BorgWarner Inc. Worldwide Headquarters

Location: Auburn Hills , Michigan
Architects: Studio B

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Location: San Jose , California
Architects: Gunnar Birkerts + DSA Architects, Carrier Johnson, Anderson Brule Architects

Knight Equity Markets, L.P.

Location: Jersey City , New Jersey
Architects: Ted Moudis Associates

Reliance Infocomm National Network Operations Center

Location: Mumbai ,
Architects: Ratan J. Batliboi

Woodside Theater

Location: Woodside , California
Architects: DES Architects and Engineers

Boston Convention Center

Location: Boston , Massachusetts
Architects: Rafael Viñoly

Dubai Healthcare City University Teaching Hospital

Location: Dubai ,
Architects: Ellerbe & Becket

Las Vegas Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Architects: HNTB

Rochelle High School

Location: Rochelle , Illinois
Architects: OWP/P

Brooklyn Federal Courthouse

Location: Brooklyn , New York
Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates, HLW International

Encore at Wynn

Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Architects: Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo

Latham & Watkins LLP

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Mancini Duffy Architecture

San Jose Civic Center

Location: San Jose , California
Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Bukley Air Force Base Chapel

Location: Aurora , Colorado
Architects: HB&A

Executive Learning Classroom at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Location: Berkeley , California
Architects: Goring & Straja Architects

Live From the Heart, Museum of Science and Industry

Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Singapore Discovery Center

Location: Singapore ,
Architects: Ralph Appelbaum Associates
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