Commercial Integrator Jun 2013 : Page 72

CI Integration Awards Restaurants & Bars Market restaurants & bars 3 INTEGRATOR TAKEAWAYS: 1. As the Warrior Zone program expands, there could be as many as 25 total Warrior Zones built across the country and around the world, meaning future opportunities are on the horizon. 2. Because it’s about 45 minutes away from the nearest highway, it meant better planning and preparation was necessary. 3. As part of the installation, any video source can be played on any monitor or projector in the facility. COMPVIEW AUDIO VISUAL gives back to soldiers World’s first all-digital Warrior Zone serves as a model for others that are being built. By D. Craig MacCormack, Photos by Ray Phillipson HE U.S. ARMY HAS GONE BACK TO THE FUTURE by making its clubs again “the social hub of the military community,” and all it took was thousands of dollars in cutting-edge video game systems equipped with “Guitar Hero” and many other modern and past favorites, TVs, pool tables and card games. The Warrior Zone at Fort Irwin in California is the seventh club of its kind, a combination nightclub and sports bar with entertainment only for soldiers. In addi-tion to movies, billiards, food and drink, the highlight is the massive, multi-player gaming experience that’s way beyond anything most civilians will ever see. It’s this setup that helped CompView Audio Visual win the 2013 Integration Award for restaurants, bars and clubs. “At one time the Army’s clubs were truly the social hub of the military community, but we failed to change with the times,” says Doug Smith, director of family and MWR pro-grams for the United States Army Installation Command’s West Region. “We ran a series of focus groups to help us develop a new vision of what a military entertainment center should be.” The result, built with soldiers’ input and refined over the last eight years, includes a number of screens tied to sports and music videos, Xbox 360 stations with 3D-capable flat panels and Kinect motion sensors, advanced Alienware gaming PCs, a home theater with HD projection and surround sound, a restaurant and a bar. 3 END USER TAKEAWAYS: 1. The system fosters increased camara-derie among soldiers. 2. The Warrior Zone includes the latest technology, so it’s future-proof — at least for a while. 3. The installation is designed for expansion, and the space could be extended into the adjacent ballroom. EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS Control: Crestron Projectors: Epson PowerLite Pro Series Screens: Da-Lite Gaming Display: LG 3D-capable LED Mounts: Premier A/V Components: APC, Crown, Denon, Gefen, Microsoft Xbox Speakers: Atlas, Brown Innovations, JBL, Sound Dome Cameras: Vaddio Microphones: Shure Displays: LG, Sharp Projector: Epson Screen: Da-Lite Racks: Middle Atlantic Cables: Liberty Cable T 72 | Commercial Integrator June 2013

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