ICS Integrated Communication Systems is providing AV design and engineering to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and its new Bay Area Headquarters Authority opening later this year at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco.
ICS’s audio-video work at the 8-story, 500,000+ square-foot renovated building includes the installation of 36 conference rooms throughout the facility, an 8-screen video wall in the lobby, an auditorium and board room on the first floor, a high definition broadcast studio for each room, and sound masking for the common areas on the upper floors. ICS Project Manager Mark Berlo said each of the 36 conference rooms in the building is equipped with a Crestron control system that controls the display and switches inputs. Each conference room has a table input that includes HDMI with VGA and audio and features a large Sharp or LG 1080p LED LCD screen, with size depending on the dimensions of the room. All of the systems in each conference room can be managed remotely through the building’s network.
ICS installed the AV for the first floor auditorium, a flexible space that can be reconfigured according to the needs of the event, whether it’s a conference, meeting, or presentation. The auditorium (as well as the board room) features a Taiden Delegate Microphone System which allows any participant to push a button to talk. The boardroom and auditorium are also equipped with a Shure Microflex Dante equipped wireless microphone system. The 8-screen video wall in the lobby will display 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and live video for overflow crowds.
The board room on the ground floor, which seats around 100 people, features a multi-tiered dais with room for 34 participants. The board room is equipped for a 1080p presentation, suitable for broadcasting as well as a local presentation. A new QCS Q-SYS audio DSP system uses Dante and QLAN to transport high quality audio over the LAN network. Audio conferencing can be done using SIP integration through the BAHA Cisco Call Manager system. ICS installed a speaker timer and dashboard monitor.
Redwood Electric Group is the electrical contractor. The project design was completed by Perkins+Will and TEF Design, and TEECOM is the telecommunications, network, and AV consultant.