American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Open, Flowing Spaces that Foster Collaboration and Encourage a Culture of Forward-Thinking

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the largest and most influential society of radiation oncologists in the world with more than 10,000 health professional members. The goal of the their new 22,594-square-foot headquarters was to create spaces that flow with one another to foster collaboration and new ideas. Diversified was tasked with applying modern technology to the space that would aid in building the culture they were seeking. Additionally, the ceiling systems were designed with modern light fixtures that, although beautiful, made the installation of our solutions a challenge.

The scope of the project included design-build of AV and electronic security solutions (ESS) for a divisible meeting room, five conference rooms, the lunch room, eight meeting rooms, two huddle areas, and the reception area. In the divisible room, Diversified installed ceiling-mounted projectors and projection screens, a 90” LED HDTV and centralized video switching system to facilitate video distribution. All control interfaces have the capability of sending any video source and audio to the lunch room for overflow. The ESS for the building includes access control with card readers, door contacts and request to exit motion sensors as well as electric strikes and electromagnetic locks. Diversified programmed and commissioned the system, testing for full functionality before turning it over to the client.

In the past, ASTRO held board meetings outside of their office space. After visiting the new space, they decided to move their board meetings into the office to take advantage of the new collaborative areas. With such a rave review, it’s no wonder that this project was awarded the 2016 Best Interior Design Project by CREW DC.


Anthology DC

Anthology DC

Building Redevelopment Restores District Neighborhood to its Former Glory

Anthology DC, located on H Street in Washington, DC, was purchased to be redeveloped by Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners as part of a mixed-use development plan of the entire H Street corridor. Over the last few decades, the once-promising H Street corridor—home of the Apollo Theater and Atlas Performing Arts Center—had fallen into disrepair. Jair Lynch and Diversified were determined to bring it back to life.

Diversified was engaged to design and deliver a turnkey technology solution for the 307-unit complex including security, audio visual (AV) applications and network systems for the pool/outdoor theater, reception, fitness center, resident lounge and kitchen. On the security side, we delivered a tenant access control solution for the garage, main entrances and each apartment across nine floors. All apartments were equipped with glass break sensors on each window and a temperature detector in case of emergency. Overhead PTZ cameras, 360-degree HD cameras, as well as an intrusion alarm system and motion detectors protect the entire complex from break-ins and unwanted visitors.

For AV, Diversified design-built a five-zone audio system, enabling independent source selection and volume adjustment for each area. In reception, a projector displays digital signage from the reception desk. With the building’s modern concrete walls, the option of video projection rather than a mounted display provided a unique way to display Anthology’s signage and opened new doors for creatively sharing community messages.

Anthology opened to the public in October 2016. Standing tall as a true victory in revitalization, Anthology was awarded CREW DC’s annual Placemaking Award in 2017—a recognition Diversified was proud to be part of.


Carpathia, a QTS Company

Carpathia, a QTS Company

Electronic Security Solution Provides Mission-Critical Protection of Confidential Data

Carpathia, a QTS Company, which provides web hosting services for government agencies and private enterprises, relocated its headquarters to Dulles Town Center. This new building quickly became its flagship data center known as “The Vault” and the organization needed to add 10,000 additional square-feet only one year after moving in. This secure, federally compliant building required state-of-the-art security to protect the valuable data that it houses from government clients such as DOD, FEMA and HHS.

Diversified was brought in to provide the data center expansion project a new security management system (SMS) to include access control via biometric readers and card readers as well as CCTV and intrusion alarm coverage. We installed biometric hand readers, new IP cameras and a laser curtain topper to expand the existing cages, all connected to and integrated with the SMS for maximum ease of use. The laser curtain topper acts as a virtual lid to the data cages, increasing the level of security with a grid pattern of sensors. Upon a security breach of the cage, the SMS signals an alert at the workstations logged on to the system. In addition, a small local sounder is activated within the cage area.

System expansion at The Vault is constantly underway to ensure that Carpathia security personnel are able to log and respond to any type of security breach. Diversified continues to support the data center, maintaining and upgrading their modern security systems as needed.


Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed)

HQ Relocation Sparks Global Collaboration Solution Roll-out and Lasting Partnership

When Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) began the process of relocating their headquarters, Diversified was brought in early to consult on technology costs that would impact the decision of location and initial investment. PenFed was not only looking for a new home, but somewhere they could scale and continue to grow.

After deciding on Tysons Overlook in McLean, Virginia, it was obvious that Diversified would be the perfect technology partner for the project, having already worked with LMI in their relocation to the same building months prior. Still, with plans for modern glass walls and solid stone conference tables, this design-build would prove to be more of a challenge than most.

Understanding PenFed’s existing pain points, current investments and future plans was critical. Diversified engaged in the design of the new space at the engineering level, including not only AV and collaboration but also Skype for Business migration. Having also been contracted to build technology solutions for PenFed’s smaller Chantilly office, we were able to test and perfect the systems that were to be deployed in the new Headquarters facility. In total, the Tysons Overlook design-build incorporated 57 rooms including a state of the art boardroom, a multi-purpose room, large, medium and small conference rooms, huddle and team rooms, and 11 executive offices.

PenFed has opened their new, world-class headquarters and Diversified continues to support them by augmenting their IT staff with an on-premise, certified technician. This technician works with PenFed help desk as an extension of our internal support team. Furthermore, PenFed has awarded Diversified additional technology contracts for locations in Alabama, Nebraska and Oregon.


Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport

Cutting-Edge AV Solution Provides Mission Critical Communications System For Major Airport

Canberra Airport, which sees on average 8 million passengers a year, added a new terminal that covers 55,000 square meters. Diversified designed, supplied and installed the digital Public Address (PA) and Emergency Warning & Intercommunication System (EWIS) upon the development of the airport’s expansive Western Concourse Terminal. The mission critical communications system broadcasts airport-wide communication of important scheduled and nonscheduled flight and safety information to passengers and visitors.

This high-performance environment, with a high volume of pedestrian traffic, required careful consideration when it came to installing the new PA & Emergency Warning & Intercommunication System. It is the backbone of a smooth airport operation.

Canberra Airport posed some complex audio visual challenges given the expansive space. For example, the airport’s stunning atrium is a particularly challenging space given the volume of glass used. The three-story (16-meter high) large glass atrium — which overlooks aircrafts as they dock, active runways and the Canberra region beyond—consists of 279 glazed panels and covers an area of 1,500 square meters.

This space required detailed EASE modeling to ensure optimal placement of speakers. The new PA & EWIS technology was seamlessly integrated with the existing system, resulting in a centralized communication control point that assimilates the new and legacy systems.

The Diversified commissioning team worked overnight to have the new system operational by morning. The night work was also necessary to undertake the required EVAC testing of the system.