AV Design for 1001 Tech Center
Tech centers are all the Rave! “Over the past decade, it just got to the point where it became cool to start a company here (Bend),” says Jim Boeddeker, Executive Director of Founderspad. Hence, I introduce to you the 1001 Tech Center!
The 1001 Tech Center Building was the first of three tech center projects I have completed this year and the opportunities continue at comparable centers through word-of-mouth referrals. This is not your typical customer wanting a projector and screen. Every room is custom created and the resident interior designer is required to sign off on every step. No wall is the same as the next.
In this Project Highlight, the projection screen location at the 1001 Tech Center was in front of two large swinging doors. To the left was a glass garage door and there were LED light fixtures hanging down pretty low, which made it even more challenging to place the projector in the room. First, I sketched where the screen would be positioned in front of this door and using a wireless remote, I ensured that it retracted completely out of the way. Experience has revealed that interior designers will not tolerate exposed conduit, wire-mold or wiring of any sort. Therefore, we design our own projection screen mounts which function effectively, are installed with ease and look fantastic for the end-user!
As you can see, we were able to make sure the projected image tucked right under the light fixture as well. Nothing is as eye catching to techies than a speaker that looks like a sphere. This is why I chose this speaker design for this space. Plus, the white tone of the speaker and speaker wire really helped everything blend in with the industrial ceiling. I definitely considered the types of users in this space and I did not realize how big of a deal efficient equipment is. These are Millennial’s, “They perform computer-based tasks more quickly than older generations,” which means my stuff has to work! I made sure of this.
Finally, I installed a device into the wall called an “auto switching wall plate,” which means whatever the user plugs into the wall, the projector will automatically detect it and show a picture in seconds. Additionally, it also sends the sound from a presentation smoothly throughout the room from those four white speakers.
This space is shared with a café, which uses the sound system to play chill-out electronic music in the background during business hours. Guests connect wirelessly using Bluetooth. This was a fun and creative project that really engaged my critical thinking skills. The 1001 Tech Center is a public space you really must see for yourself.Located at 1001 Emaky, Bend, OR 97701, I encourage you to grab a coffee in The Stackhouse Cafe.
Our other Tech Center jobs can be enjoyed here:
• The Bridge, a 15,300-square-foot co-working space for outdoor recreation companies at 48 SE Bridgeford Blvd. According to Mark Beech, who owns the building they started adding companies earlier this year.
• High Desert Maker Mill, Central Oregon’s Prototyping, Fabrication, and Community Makerspace
Enjoying the innovation in our community!