Association of the United States Army

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

Flexible Meeting Space Technology Installation Gives “Wow Factor” Needed to Raise Funds for Troops

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center is home to an inviting meeting facility with advanced technologies and amenities that will satisfy and exceed any event requirement. The flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space easily accommodates from five to 200 attendees in one adjoined space.

Before this project began, Diversified met with two retired Four Star Generals to discuss the technology needs and goals for AUSA’s new Conference and Event Center—to increase revenue, promote the U.S. Army and the 3 million members that have perished in the past 250 years, create a WOW factor that would bring visitors back, and provide a system for others to join remotely, efficiently and with high quality sound and video.

The technology design included integrated AV, security and networking across multiple areas—the reception, pre-function and main areas—with emphasis on digital signage and video conferencing capabilities. In reception, a landscape display features the schedule for the day and a portrait display is a touchscreen directory of the floors above. In the pre-function and main areas, Diversified built two interactive media walls—one 4’ x 16’ and the other 8’ x 16’. Each of these was custom designed in a wood enclosure with its own sustaining HVAC system. Additionally, Diversified deployed the entire IT system including servers, wireless access points (WAP), network connections and a centralized distribution system that allows all digital signage and content to be displayed, streamed, recorded or collaborated on in real time. Lastly, Diversified engineered and deployed a system for video surveillance and controlled access to secure the facility. The system includes cameras that can zoom far enough for facial and car tag analytics in real time. This information is captured and the system learns based upon the analytics it records.

AUSA now owns a beautiful space to host events and generate revenue for the organization. All components were designed to work together cohesively and support workflow, giving the generals exactly what they needed to reach their goals.

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations

Mission Critical Communication Technology Upgrades for World-Renowned HQ Renovation

From the very start, Skanska’s New York team saw the opportunity to renovate the United Nations’ (UN) Headquarters in Manhattan as a “must-win” project. Diversified saw this as an opportunity to complete a series of mission critical communication technology upgrades requiring a multi-disciplinary core of capabilities addressing the world values inherent in the UN mission. Diversified also saw the opportunity to expand its relationship with Skanska after recently completing the MetLife Stadium audio visual project.

Diversified was chartered to lead the integration and coordination of four separate scopes of work for mission critical communication technology upgrades. The solutions provider was the lead contractor for the broadcast infrastructure rebuild while also playing the role of integration partner to Sony for Media Asset Management and Taiden/Mediavision for conference microphone and simultaneous translation system integration and design. In addition, Diversified was the overarching coordination entity for the audio visual integration, completed by another local integrator.

Diversified coordinated with multiple trades, clients and consultants while simultaneously supervising nearly 100 Local 3 low voltage electricians. “It took hundreds of hours over several months before we really understood the project and the client’s concerns so we could devise the best approach,” stated Dave Schwarz, lead design engineer for the project. “The hours dedicated to design, project management and careful transition planning paid off with the timely completion of this exciting project,” adds Fabio Pansolini, Senior Vice President at Diversified.


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

State-of-the-Art Digital Cinema System Installation for Historic Aircraft Carrier Turned Museum

Diversified was contracted to install a state-of-the-art Digital Cinema System including an audio visual control room located within the historic USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier was commissioned for World War II in 1943. The ship went on to serve as a primary recovery vessel for NASA and was also sent to Vietnam. It is now a national landmark located at Pier 86 in New York and hosts many great attractions.

The Cinema includes HD video recording and playback, surround sound, plasma displays, an automated control system, paging system and a large screen theater. Diversified worked closely with an AV consultant to maximize system design value. Once the design was finalized, Diversified provided all equipment as well as on and off-site fabrication and installation services.

The theater has a custom built speaker cluster located behind the projection screen. The screen was fabricated with an array of microscopic holes to allow sound to pass through it with minimal-to-no masking.

Special Points of Interest:

  • The Digital Cinema houses a 33-foot diagonal projection screen.
  • The projection screen was designed with microscopic holes to allow sound to pass through. There is a large custom built speaker cluster located behind the screen.
  • The projector has a light output of 12,000 lumens.




Mission Critical Technology Implementation Supports Tomorrow’s Research

The NASA Ames Research Center is a leader in IT research with a focus on super-computing, networking and intelligent systems. Ames conducts R&D and develops the technology that makes NASA missions possible. Since 2004, Diversified has engaged in various mission critical technology implementation projects at Ames with QSS and Raytheon.

Most recently, Ames challenged Diversified with demanding, mission critical projects ranging from evaluation, design, documentation and implementation of mission critical technology to facilitate full digital TV (DTV) integration. Given the mission-critical nature of NASA’s work, Diversified had to deliver with zero margin of error. The project encompassed four main areas including the Columbia Super-Computing Project, a video operations center, a video conferencing system and DTV integration.

  • Touted as the largest and fastest processor on the planet, the Columbia supercomputer gained worldwide recognition for increasing NASA’s computing capabilities. Diversified designed the structured wiring and enclosures to
    support implementation of the powerful super-computer, which proved critical for NASA’s Return to Flight (RTF) effort.
  • The video operations center project entailed documentation of all existing systems along with updated drawings of schematic wiring.
  • Diversified designed, installed and commissioned an advanced video conferencing and remote collaboration room for the Aerospace Engineering Division’s Flight Systems Research Lab.
  • Diversified conducted a technical evaluation of the video operations facility, developing the scope to make the transition to DTV. This included a layer 1 control system, technical operations manual, electrical grounding and lightning
    arrest, and upgrade of the L-band distribution and satellite receiver system.

Diversified’s recent technical partnership on these projects met with Ames’ high standards and furthered Ames’ critical role in support of America’s space and aeronautics programs.