The Central Arizona Project (CAP) helped create and manufacture a 336-mile aqueduct in Arizona and the total cost to construct it estimated nearly four billion dollars. The vision for the aqueduct was to provide water security and stability for future generations in order to give them a sufficient quality of life in the desert. The water system diverts water from the Colorado River to Lake Havasu and brings it to central and southern Arizona. The CAP is the largest and most expensive aqueducts ever built in the United States and with its extensive size provides nearly one million acres of irrigated agriculture land. Some of the areas included are as follows: Phoenix, Tucson, Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa. One large part of what they do is store water underground through groundwater recharge facilities.
CAP’s growth and success brought the need for more collaboration, discussion, and eventual implementation of new ideas. Thus, CAP was in need of AV help and Immedia answered the call. CAP was looking for a massive meeting space that was unique to their needs, large enough to fit fifteen-twenty participants, and would include extensive conference room capabilities. However, they did not just want a traditional conference room – they yearned for something much more sophisticated – something that gave them the ability to also capture video and deliver it elsewhere. The conference room would be designed in such a way that members would be seated in a horseshoe around the Dias at the front of the room.
Immedia produced a solution that involved the Vaddio Production View, Bi-AMP and Shure microphones, Cisco Kodaks, Crestron Matrix switcher, and a video wall. The Vaddio Production View control system worked with the cameras and was able to provide all movement capabilities such as pan, tilt, and zoom directly from the system. This, paired with the Crestron 32x32 matrix switcher gave the conference room routing simplicity and flexibility. As mentioned earlier, it also gave the system freedom to link to multiple cameras and deliver that content throughout all hands areas. The Bi-AMP combined with Shure microphones provided excellent regulation and fine-tuning for all sound production within the conference room. Telepresence video conferencing was achieved through Cisco’s Kodaks, and the video wall located directly behind the Dias could be used for streaming video and presentations among other options.
A unique part of this piece, however, was the extremely robust flexibility to break this large conference room down into five separate conference rooms. The innovative and collaborative mindsets of the Immedia team made it possible for CAP to not only utilize stellar conference room capabilities for one room but helped create and dial-in five conference-capable areas with identical functionality.