Name: Nate Schneider
Location: Boston, MA
My role in this project was as drafting technician. I had a great understanding of the design but never saw the room in person. All client information has been redacted out of respect for my previous employer. This was one of those rare instances where during the needs analysis phase of the project the client mentioned that cost was not a limitation. I quite vividly remember half a Million dollars worth of AV equipment going into this 30′ x 20′ board room at a prestigious address.
The center piece was a 12 x 4 Christie Micro Tile display matrix with custom interactive multi-touch bezel to give the impression that the front wall was a giant iPad. The first iPad was released earlier that same year. At the time large format multi-touch displays were somewhat unprecedented. There were many motorized devices including Kef ceiling speakers, Servo Reeler ceiling microphones and a motorized camera shelf that vanished when not in use. During Blu-ray playback audio would be heard in a 7.1 configuration but if a video or audio call came in the room would function as a giant speaker phone for business as usual. The list of features and functions could go on a for a few pages here but I close with mentioning just a few more. The room also came with integration of HVAC, shades and lighting all tied together with a Crestron Pro2. This was a fun one to work on, even if my view of the project was limited to the seat of a drafting technician.