Petersham RSL Club

Petersham Returned and Services League Club (RSL)

After a Century of Tradition Petersham Enters a New Era with Overhauled Technical Capabilities

Founded in 1924, the Petersham RSL Club has been a community hub providing entertainment and a social environment for almost 100 years. Nearing its centenary, the club set out on a major redevelopment of its new location where it was to receive a complete redesign and an additional three new residential towers above. This project aimed to provide an elegant and seamlessly low-profile technology integration with high-performance upgrades to ensure it best serviced its growing patron base with special events and premium user experiences well into the future.

Diversified were engaged by the architect as a trusted audio visual technologies consultant in the planning stage, having successfully delivered projects in Sydney with them previously. Through this process Diversified were able to take the intricacies of the project plans, provide expert recommendations, and create a custom fit-for-purpose audio visual integrations design for the RSL to best take advantage of the spaces being built.

Following this consultative process with the RSL, architects, builders and technology partners, the project was put out to tender where Diversified was sought out as the integrator to bring this upgrade to life, ensuring simplicity and user-friendly collaborative capabilities were prioritised to produce a flexible, consistent and scalable solution for the club.

Diversified was able to use its intimate knowledge of the project plans to fit out the new development spaces efficiently and cost effectively, overcoming the logistical and resourcing challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and a bout of unseasonal flooding in the region.

Flexibility and ease of use were always front of mind for Diversified when designing this solution. High quality and managed Exterity IPTV installations and Samsung Smart Signage displays were used to allow any content to be displayed on any screen throughout. Q-Sys PA/DSP, Shure ULX-D microphones and L-Acoustics installed sound systems were fitted throughout the bar spaces, courtyard, spa, restaurants, function spaces, meeting rooms and entertainment spaces to allow users to plug and play without specialist equipment. Public safety and accessibility were also a high priority as part of Diversified’s design, with a public address/background music network system being paired with a WiFi hearing augmentation system which allows all staff and patrons to be alerted to any important information as necessary.

Since the club’s grand re-opening in mid-2022 it has seen strong patronage and plenty of positive feedback from members, showing Diversified’s flexible and scalable solution has helped set up the RSL to serve its community for many years to come.


Travers Smith

Travers Smith

Utilizing Microsoft Teams to Create Room Standardization for London Law Firm

Diversified has served as trusted AV partner to Travers Smith, a corporate law firm headquartered in London, for several years, maintaining systems at their Snow Hill Office. Travers Smith partnered with us to update several meeting rooms, some of which weren’t yet capable of video conferencing.

In early 2021 David Cassidy, IT Director, Travers Smith sought out Diversified, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner to standardize their meeting room for use of Microsoft Teams for video conferencing. The new meeting room technology had to be intuitive and offer an identical experience across the variety of rooms sizes, from huddle rooms to boardroom and even the auditorium. After demonstrations of several Microsoft-certified room solutions, the Crestron Flex system and Logitech Rally camera was approved and standardized upon for all rooms. Diversified further collaborated with the Travers Smith building management team to identify and coordinate monitoring and evaluation requirements to compliment the AV upgrades.

The highlight of the project is the auditorium which is now capable of hosting internal and external meetings over Teams. A large, 130” 1.5mm Samsung LED display was installed, upgraded from a ceiling mount projection system. The space also includes multiple 4K cameras which capture participants on a small stage at the front of the room in lecture mode as well as participants at the table when configured for boardroom style meetings. The same Crestron Flex system and interface found in the auditorium, also features in all meeting rooms to provide a truly equal experience, reducing use complexity and giving users the confidence to use the system without needing to rely on technical assistance.

Diversified was able to complete the project during a difficult time given the working restrictions presented by the pandemic compounded by the global chip shortage which extended delivery lead times. As a direct result of the success of this project Diversified continue to support Travers Smith through the technology upgrades, with more projects planned for the future. Furthermore, Diversified continue to provide day to day support and maintenance Assurance, a technical support service for their system and business continuity.




Ausenco

Ausenco

State of the art hybrid workplace solution enables collaborative flexibility

Diversified was engaged by Ausenco, a multinational engineering, procurement, construction management, and operations service provider, to design and install a hybrid workplace solution for their new location in Brisbane. The company required a hybrid workplace solution which would futureproof their ability to collaborate and deliver industry leading solutions to their clients globally.

Diversified worked in consultation with Ausenco to determine their unique hybrid working requirements, ensuring a seamless integration of the latest audio-visual technologies with their existing infrastructure portfolio could be achieved. From this consultation, Diversified were able to design a custom audio-visual solution specifically to meet Ausenco’s needs, comprising of 16 meeting rooms as well as a kitchen and reception area, across two office levels.

For this design, Logitech componentry was used throughout to ensure a smooth user experience for the Ausenco team, taking advantage of the remote, cloud-based monitoring and device management tool Logitech Sync, which makes it easy to support video deployments from a simple browser-based interface. This combination was chosen to provide Ausenco with greater flexibility to work remotely and leverage in-office collaboration.

Used in conjunction with Microsoft Teams, Diversified were able to make good use of Logitech’s ability to ‘work out of the box’, with components such as the Logitech Tap Rally Bar Bundle, Logitech Rally Mic Pod and extension cable, Logitech Scribe Whiteboard Camera, Logitech Tap Scheduler and Logitech Tap Meet Up enabled to just plug in without controllers.

Working closely with builders and contractors onsite, Diversified were able to consult, design, build, manage and deliver the completed project well within the time constraints, in just a matter of weeks, meaning Ausenco were able to experience a smooth transition to their new location with the hybrid workplace infrastructure needed to successfully service their clients in an efficient manner.




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NFL Los Angeles

NFL Los Angeles

New West Coast Headquarters Wows with Immersive and Cloud-Based Media Technologies

Located at Hollywood Park, the NFL’s 450,000 sq ft Los Angeles headquarters delivers 214,000 sq ft of office space and an expansive nearly 75,000 sq feet of studio and studio support space to serve as the home for NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL RedZone, the NFL app and other departments involved in the league’s media and business operations.

The new West Coast hub was designed to increase productivity and improve workflows for its many media operations. The state-of-the-art IP-based, 4K- and HDR-capable production facility took nearly four years to conceive, design, build and integrate based on SMPTE ST 2110 standards for media-over-IP production. NFL Media leveraged Diversified’s comprehensive breadth of technology solutions and services, including media and entertainment, AV, digital media and IT to fulfill its modern technology needs throughout the facility.

“Since the launch of NFL Network in 2003, the NFL and its media operations have become a go-to source for news, entertainment and engagement for millions of football fans around the globe,” said David Jurenka, senior vice president of NFL Media and general manager, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to relocate our operations into a space that puts us closer to the game than ever before and places the NFL at the center of what will be the next great global entertainment destination with the amazing SoFi Stadium in our backyard.”

Completed spaces include collaboration and conference rooms, huddle spaces, cafe, multipurpose room, screening room, IT NOC, innovation lab, five production and one podcast studio, six NFL production and audio control rooms and three portable remote packages with four camera systems, eighteen edit rooms, two audio sweetening and 90 desktop editors and a massive curved videowall in the lobby to welcome all! A whopping 738 displays and 1400 strands of fiber connect it all. And, with more than 258 miles of Cat6A ethernet and Cat5E cabling, NFL Media is currently producing 1080p60 broadcasts with Dolby 5.1 audio but is capable of scaling to any format in the future, including HDR or 8K, thanks to its robust IP infrastructure.




Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Players’ Lounge Combines Modern Entertainment with Enhanced Recruiting Technology

The words college football immediately bring to mind stadiums, excitement, fans and probably some tailgating. However, in order to get players prepared to hit the field for the big game, coaches and teams know that it’s just as important to have a place for the players to bond and relax off the field as well.

When the Virginia Tech Football and Athletics Media team wanted to renovate their 7,000 sq. ft. players’ lounge, they turned to longtime partner, Diversified, to deliver a space that would offer student athletes a place to relax and bond with their fellow teammates. Their goal was to provide the atmosphere of a modern entertainment complex with a unique team-centric design that would reinforce the team identity. From gaming systems and a theater to arcade games and pool tables, the finished space offers a sanctuary for players to blow off steam and enjoy team fellowship. The space even features two new LG DVLED all-in-ones used for post-game shows and other presentations. With so many displays throughout the lounge, acoustics were designed and deployed to perfection to ensure that the viewer only heard the audio relative to their specific display and content.

However, the new Sanghani Player Lounge is not only designed with current players in mind. New recruits and their families also frequent the space during campus visits, getting a behind the scenes look at the student athlete environment. In addition to the entertainment-focused lounge area, the renovation also expanded the office areas for Tech’s player personnel and recruiting staff. These areas now include a collaborative conference space within the recruiting office, enabling a more functional virtual recruiting experience.

“The identity of Virginia Tech Football has been built around a blue-collar work ethic and a close-knit family environment,” said Mehul Sanghani, Virginia Tech alum and longtime donor. “We hope that this investment in the player’s lounge and our recruiting infrastructure creates an environment for our former players to come back and reinforce that identity, our current players to build the bonds that make that family environment tangible and attract future elite Hokies that want to be a part of continuing that legacy.”




Villanova University Performing Arts Center

Villanova University Performing Arts Center

From the Courts to the Big Stage, Villanova Provides all its Students a Chance at the Spotlight

Villanova University, a private research university, is likely best known for its annual appearance in March Madness. As a result, the school’s prowess on the stage and in the rehearsal room, while strong, has been historically overshadowed by its Division I basketball team. That story, however, won’t be told for much longer now that the University’s creative community has found itself in a new, $60 million showstopper of a home—the John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts.

The goal of the project was to construct a state-of-the-art performing arts center to support performances, creativity, engagement and exploration, enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing educational opportunities. Diversified was selected as the AV systems solutions provider on this project for several reasons, including the company’s technological expertise and capability to deliver high complexity systems in the higher education and performing arts space.

The 85,000-square-foot campus hub boasts multiple professional-grade performance venues and support spaces within a single building to include a 400-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat black-box theater and a 75-seat Performance Lab for more intimate and experimental productions, as well as classrooms, conference rooms, dance studio, multipurpose rooms and offices.

Diversified was able to provide much needed consultation with regards to live events, large venue audio and performance venue technology implementation with a solution that includes collaboration, unified communications, PA and live venue sound technologies. The video core of the system is a Crestron DM matrix switcher which interconnects most of the AV systems in the building. The proscenium theater features a Clair Brothers speaker system, Midas console, QSC QSys DSP, and Shure microphones. The building also utilizes a Clearcom intercom system for communication among the technical team throughout.

Despite many challenges with construction and the technology selected, Diversified was able to deliver a world class system for Villanova and now, students and audiences alike will benefit from the variety of performance opportunity such spaces and technologies can offer.




Al Arabiya

Al Arabiya

Futuristic News Production Studio Environment Sets Broadcaster Apart from the Competition

Al Arabiya is the MENA region’s leading news broadcaster, particularly with respect to innovation and storytelling. Having been on-air since 2003, the studio and its supporting equipment had largely gone unchanged for two decades. So, the decision was made to overhaul the operation into an automated news production studio environment with an open plan arrangement—a futuristic design that would present many challenges but result in a facility entirely worth the effort.

Diversified was engaged early on to consult with the network and subsequently design, build and integrate a complex control room based on production equipment by Lawo, Ross Video and Viz Mosart. The solution had to be designed for automation of all production and content delivery and allow for multi-studio operations from two separate galleries. Additionally, Diversified deployed a wireless audio system providing microphone and IEM coverage across the studio and newsroom floor. And, although Al Arabiya had used Lawo in the past, they took it to the next level with a comprehensive VSM system to control the entire audio and video infrastructure. To support this, Diversified also deployed a massive fiber network that connected all floors of the building and integrated the Viz Mosart engines into the new video walls throughout.

Working closely with each manufacturer to deploy a next-gen system, Diversified overcame several challenges and accomplished many technical ‘firsts’ in the region including the deployment of an Electric Friend robotic rail system. Controlled by a custom Ross solution, the rail system had to be installed within millimeter accuracy after completion of all studio finishes. As a result, the integration is so seamless that the operator simply selects the desired robotic camera(s) and operates them without having to worry about differences in functionality.

Ultimately, within a short five-month timeline and amid a global pandemic—while legacy systems were still live and being integrated into the new—this modernization project was completed on time and on budget with zero downtime or outages. Diversified’s Dubai team successfully helped Al Arabiya launch a contemporary, state-of-the-art news production studio that not only wows its viewers today but also has the capability to scale and expand with them in the future.




Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Technology that connects fans intimately to the drama, performance and excitement on-field.

Diversified was the head contractor for the public address (PA) and emergency warning intercommunication system (EWIS) upgrade at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)—Australia’s most iconic sports and entertainment stadium. Working closely with the ground manager the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), and audio consultant Auditoria, this project delivered an immersive stadium audio infrastructure providing fans an exceptional game day experience.

The MCC’s extensive ‘Smart Stadium Strategy’ drove this $25M upgrade to improve the end-to-end event experience for all visitors. The project was a complete refurbishment of audio technology throughout the stadium, including bowl PA, concourses, bars and function areas, gate entry and exit points, and broadcast facilities, connecting it to a converged network for easier audio management. In total, more than 3,500 loudspeakers were installed.

Audio consistency was a priority with a requirement for clear, immersive stadium audio sound regardless of where a visitor stands. d&b audiotechnik powered the full audio experience—from the under balcony systems to the bowl PA comprised of 30 robust arrays, in custom-built framing, secured seamlessly around the roof structure. For internal patron areas, the loudspeakers feed the crowd ambiance to connect fans in bars and suites to the on-field and in-crowd experience.

Diversified selected a Q-SYS ecosystem for the converged network that has integrated into the MCG’s building management system, including the EWIS. The Q-SYS system gave the MCG increased ease in operation and management, allowing more visibility of all EWIS zones. The new system provides custom paging abilities, allowing the MCG to communicate tailored messages to different gates and areas through the
Q-SYS interface.

Production capabilities were bolstered with increased audio sources and inputs fed back to the system. The MCC better supports live production and events. Performers can tap into this system for concerts, with a marked improvement in audio quality for artists performing on-field.




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CBS News Washington Bureau

CBS News Washington Bureau

New Downtown Facility and Tech Upgrades Allow CBS News to Expand its Reach in the Nations Capital

The CBS News Washington Bureau, home to the long running “Face the Nation” sought to upgrade its footprint in the U.S. capital through a land swap that involved developer Tishman Speyer acquiring and combining the lot adjacent to the Bureau’s longstanding location in downtown Washington. As part of the multi-phased construction effort, CBS needed a technology partner to design and build a new facility and tech updgrades that would support its series of live and recorded national and international programs for the next 20 years.

Through an advanced design based on an efficient, hybrid IP core facility and highly networked audio and media file workflows, Diversified collaborated closely with CBS to deliver on time and on budget, helping them avoid potential real estate penalties they would have incurred for having to extend their existing lease.

Roughly a year later, CBS decided to move the origination of “CBS Evening News”to Washington, resulting in a requirement for a new studio set within the recently opened Bureau. The facility’s infrastructure had to be expanded and a new graphics processing platform needed to be implemented to support the large number of video walls included in the revised set design.

The new graphics system is based on a VizRT Multiplay Graphics Platform and supports a showpiece studio featuring more than 40 million LED pixels spread across 17 video walls that typically display topical videos and graphics as well as stylized Washington backdrops. The existing Evertz ATP solution was expanded to provide the additional video signal path connectivity between Washington and New York.

Using its institutional knowledge from the previous phase, paired with the engineering expertise the multiple vendor partners are known for, Diversified was able to complete the project within an aggressive timeline and meet all of the high-level facility and tech updgrades CBS had put forward.




Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Restoring the Shine to Australia’s Historic Crown Jewel for New Generations of Theatre-Goers

Updating historical locations can breathe fresh life into them for new generations to enjoy. After enduring prohibition, an unremarkable 1970s’ renovation and two pandemics, it was time for Her Majesty’s Theatre to shine again. When the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust took possession of the historic landmark, they knew that a complete renovation and audio technology upgrades would help cement the building’s legacy for a modern audience.

As part of a A$66 million total rebuild that spared only the theatre’s historic facade and eastern wall, Diversified’s Australian team was brought in to deliver a complete scope of audio technology requirements. “Theatre systems are usually very high end and a highly specified design,” says Nico Van Wieringen, operations manager at Diversified. “For a project like Her Majesty’s Theatre, the pressure is on to deliver the performance and expectations of the stakeholders.”

Focused on delivering an exceptional acoustic experience from any seat in the venue, Diversified worked with Schuler Shook consultation to design and deliver a technology system worthy of a standing ovation. The theater’s new system includes a comprehensive technical cabling infrastructure with custom stagebox and patch panels; a custom stage management console housing paging, venue relay monitoring, cue lights and stage intercom systems; and a performance video relay system using venue long view and low light cameras to relay performances to monitors throughout the venue.

“A fantastic outcome has been achieved across all project stakeholders,” adds Van Wieringen. “From a technical perspective, all of the systems installed and coordinated are in line with achieving the overall acoustic performance, and meeting the Adelaide Festival Centre’s expectations, aligning with their production systems. All project stakeholders are delighted with the outcome and the public’s response to the opening of the theatre has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Although the official unveiling for Her Majesty’s Theatre took place amid COVID-19 restrictions that limited the number of tickets available, this crown jewel has been restored to new brilliance and eagerly awaits the day it can once again greet and awe a full house.